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Struckmeyer invited to speak in Montana

Kris Struckmeyer

Oklahoma State University is home to students from all across the country. Kristopher Struckmeyer, a Ph.D. student in human development and family science, grew up in Arkansas. He recently had the honor of traveling to Montana to be the keynote speaker at the annual Governor’s Conference on Aging.

“The 49th Annual Governor's Conference on Aging was held in Kalispell and Glendive to offer providers and the public a chance to learn about resources everyone in Montana can use,” Struckmeyer said. “My presentation at both conferences concerned the barriers we face in reaching rural family caregivers and offering solutions to providers and the public of how to better help care families.”

There are less than one million people in Montana, however, being one of the largest geographical states can create challenges in providing quality services to individuals. Struckmeyer praised the Aging Services Division of the Department of Public Health and Human Services, saying they “rise to the challenge daily.”

“Today rural counties are seeing an increase in the percentage of older adults. With budgets being cut across the nation, now is the time for us to find new and innovative ways to ensure that older adults are allowed to age how they wish,” Struckmeyer said.