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 News    July 2, 2020 

Japan: A glimpse at Montana's future?

This is part 1 of a two-part story about financing elder care in aging populations. Part 2 - what new strategies could Montana explore? - will be published next week. Montana, the oldest state in the...

 
 By Brendan Heidner    News    June 25, 2020

On-the-farm training

Last week's Graying Pains story explored the challenges of family farm succession as Montana's agricultural demographic ages, and a program designed to connect up-and-coming farmers in western...

 
 By Nolan Lister    News    June 18, 2020

Family farms and ranches face uncertain future as producers age out

The 68-year-old old poultry farmer pointed out the hen houses he built decades ago, providing details of each wooden tenement's residents. Hugh Spencer built the hen houses and accompanying grain...

 

Low-cost classes can help seniors stay fit

As Montana's aging population continues to grow (18.9% of Montanans are now 65 or older), rural residents face the same aging challenges as their urban counterparts but often with fewer resources. A l...

 
 By Andi Bourne    News    June 4, 2020

Bringing knowledge and comfort to the classroom

SEELEY LAKE - "Don't bring in a rocker - I don't need those kinds of things," Pearl Hawkins told Seeley Lake Elementary preschool teacher Sheila Devins on her first day as a foster grandparent. "I'm...

 
 By Brad Tyer    News    May 28, 2020

Statewide project on aging demographics to relaunch

On March 12, a collaboration of 16 Montana newsrooms launched the first story of a series titled Graying Pains, months in the making, exploring Montana's status as the demographically oldest state...

 
 By Keith Hammonds    News    May 28, 2020

For rural elderly, it can take a village

It looked like a lot of senior gatherings: a chatty group of folks, mostly in their 70s and 80s, with friends and family in a church basement, dining on quiche, pastries, fresh fruit and other...

 

How, where and why Montana became the grayest state in the West

People have been parsing the human lifespan into a taxonomy of ages forever. Aristotle proposed three categories: youthful, prime of life and elderly. Two thousand years later, Shakespeare's Seven...

 

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