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By Keith Hammonds
Boulder Monitor. Additional reporting by Myers Reece, Flathead Beacon 

For rural elderly, it can take a village

Graying Pains

 

Hunter D'Antuono, Flathead Beacon

From left, Grace Larson, Joedy Foster, Dorothy Carr and Sue Carpenter of My Glacier Village walk together around the Gateway Community Center in Kalispell on March 3, 2020.

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 goodies. There was plenty of laughter and a strong sense of camaraderie.

But there was something special happening on a January morning at Kalispell's First Presbyterian Church. This was a celebration by volunteers and members of the recently launched My Glacier Village, Montana's first and only chapter in the national Village to Village Network.

"To me, it's been a godsend," said Carolyn O'Mara, a me...



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