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This year’s annual Governor’s Conference on Aging conference will be held Oct. 3-4 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Great Falls.

The annual conference was created in 1968. This mission is to offer information and education to our older citizens, their families and caregivers. Attendees include the elderly, persons with disabilities and caregivers. The conferences cover topics relevant to all people who are dealing with aging and disability issues.

As people of all ages gather together, they also learn more about one another and increase their understanding of the problems and emotional stress that we all face as we care for our most vulnerable citizens and grow older ourselves.

As part of the conference, they will be hosting a Centenarian Luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 3. The cost of the meal and one night’s stay, if needed, for the centenarian and one guest will be covered by a sponsorship organization. Conference registration is $75 per person. To reserve your seat at the table, contact Tessa Bailly at 406444-6061.

Montana has one of the fastest growing aging populations in the nation. Over the next 15 years, the percentage of older adults over age 65 will be 25 percent or more of Montana’s total population. Of this group, those aged 100 or older continues to increase each year. Since 2006, we have honored Montana’s Centenarians at the Centenarian Celebration at each conference.

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