MGS Annual Conference

The health, safety and well-being of Montana seniors, their families, and caregivers in addition to colleagues throughout the state is the priority of MGS. Due to the risk involved with the COVID-19 outbreak and a possibility to conflict with other important events in Montana this fall, the Annual MGS Conference originally planned for April 2020, at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Missoula has been moved to April 2021.

The conference will take place next year on April 12 – 13, 2021. It will be held at the same venue thanks to the great partnership we appreciate with the Holiday Inn Downtown of Missoula. We anticipate our program, theme, and speakers will remain very similar.

MGS is happy to maintain existing registrations and sponsorships for the next conference or we will work with participants and sponsors to provide refunds as requested. Please contact us at with any questions or requests.

We would also encourage the support of the conferences scheduled for the Fall of 2020 by our partner organizations. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Montana Gerontology Society. We are looking forward to seeing you all in person in the future!

“A Team Approach to Aging Well

April 12-13, 2021

Missoula, MT

MGS Welcomes Patrick Arbore, Ed.D. and Julie Rickard, Ph.D.

Patrick Arbore, Ed.D – is a nationally recognized expert in the field of elderly suicide prevention and grief services, located in San Francisco. He has devoted his life to increasing awareness of isolation, loneliness, and depression in older adults. Dr. Arbore’s presentations promote better-informed and healthier communities whose members have increased understanding of the issues of aging, inner loneliness, sorrow, stress, and anxiety, and reach out to listen, make connections, and support each other as they adjust to the experiences of older age.


Julie Rickard, Ph.Dis a licensed psychologist, who graduated from Washington State University in 2004.  She is the CEO for Moment by Moment Suicide Prevention, LLC, and founded the Suicide Prevention Coalition of North Central Washington in 2012.  She has worked to improve the suicide outcomes in Central Washington and develops innovative programs.  She was featured on PBS and NPR for her work on senior suicide.  Dr. Rickard is currently working on opening the North Central Washington Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program Clinic (NCW ASSIP Clinic) to address the re-attempt  rate seen in survivors.

MGS: Supporting Successful Aging

The Montana Gerontology Society (MGS) was formed in 1982. A group of professionals, volunteers and educators founded the organization in order to provide opportunities for individuals interested in gerontology to share common concerns and ideas.

MGS is governed by a 12 member Board of Directors. The organization is dedicated to enhancing professional development and understanding among providers of services, seniors, volunteers, researchers, educators, students, and others associated with the field of aging.

Thank You to Past Conference Sponsors !