Event Details

Montana is rapidly getting older – and rural communities are getting smaller – so what will Montana’s population look like in 2030, and how do we prepare for the impacts of significant demographic change? How might revenues be affected by an aging population? What information will policymakers at all levels need for discussions around the funding of education, transportation, corrections and healthcare? Additionally, how might Montana’s workforce change, and how can the private sector prepare for and take advantage of any changes ahead?

Thanks to our many conference sponsors for their extremely generous support of this program, including Montana State University, the University of Montana, MSU Extension, AARP of Montana, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, the Greater Montana Foundation and the Area Agencies on Aging.
Location Details
Red Lion Colonial
201 S. Wallace
Bozeman, Montana 59715


Monday, September 10

Dessert/coffee Reception and Keynote
This portion of our event is free and open to the public.
  • Robert Romasco, National President, AARP
  • Robert Romasco, National President, AARP
  • Robert Romasco, National President, AARP
  • Robert Romasco, National President, AARP
Romasco, who resides in Virginia, holds an MBA from Harvard, and will serve as President of AARP through 2014. Romasco's experience in leading companies and dealing with organizational change will come to bear as he shares his views on issues affecting older Americans across the country...what lies ahead? Who is in charge of planning and preparing for an older population in America, and what should they do?

We are honored that Montana's Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger will introduce Mr. Romasco to our conference.

Tuesday, September 11

7:00amBreakfast and conference check in
8:00amWelcome and introductions
Addressing the Changes, Meeting the Needs. Wheeler Center and One Montana. Remarks from U.S. Congressional Delegation. Moderator for the day: Bob Brown, former Montana Secretary of State and Professor at UM
9:30amRevenues and Expenses, Who Plays? Who Pays?
How statewide revenues and expenses may be affected by an aging population, presented by Dan Bucks, Director, MT Dept. of Revenue, Linda Reed, Executive Director, Montana Community Foundation and Terry Johnson, Principal Fiscal Analyst, MT Legislative Fiscal Division.
10:00amQ and A
10:45amHealth and Healthcare
Anna Whiting, Director, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Helena

Lori Brengle, Director, Area Agency on Aging #1, Glendive

Cindy Hiner, Director of Nursing, Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge

Linda Torma, Assistant Professor, MSU College of Nursing, Missoula Campus
11:45amLunch and Presentation:
Aging and Wellness Expert Kay Van Norman, owner of Brilliant Aging based in Bozeman, will discuss Agism and how it affects health beliefs, impacts and outcomes, and encourage participants to identify their own attitudes and expectations of aging.
1:00pmHousing, Food and Transportation
Connie Bremner, Eagle Shield Center for Elders, Browning

Dave Schulz, County Commissioner, Madison County, Ennis

Jim Shepard, Chairman, CTA Architects, Boise, ID

Joe Foster, Division Adminstrator, MT Veterans Affairs
2:00pmEducation and Workforce
Dr. John Cech, Deputy Commissioner, Montana University System, Helena

Cindra Stahl, MT Area Health Education Consortium, MSU, Bozeman

Peter Bogy, retired executive, Bozeman

Barbara Wagner, Senior Economist, MT Department of Labor and Industry
3:15pmLegislative planning for 2013:
Sen. Carol Williams

Sen. Jim Peterson

Rep. Walt McNutt

Rep. Margie MacDonal
3:45pmConcluding remarks, Wheeler Center, One Montana
4:00pm - 5:00pmPost-conference interest group meetings
The room will be available for interest groups who may wish to meet on an informal basis. Please organize yourselves and let us know if your group will meet so we can help you get the word out.