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posted 07/08/2013

America is aging. Montana is aging faster. Projections indicate 25 percent of the country will be over 65 years old by 2050. Montana is set to hit that mark two decades sooner.

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America is aging. Montana is aging faster. Projections indicate 25 percent of the country will be... more »
posted 07/08/13

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When I started reporting on Montana's "aging tsunami," I wanted to know what solutions held the most promise. But as I delved into the issues, I was forced to reexamine my assumptions. Sometimes the best stories take a fresh look at what we think we know.

Helping others helps keep Marjorie Haber young. Gray haired and sprightly, the 81 year old has for almost 11 years been a "Senior Companion," ferrying older people in rural Eastern Montana to the grocery store, to the doctor, and to the Senior Center for group lunches.

Montana policymakers have anxiously watched a demographic shift coming toward them, knowing it brings more older, potentially sicker patients to a largely rural medical system in which providers and specialists are already scarce.