Apr 14

The Peaks in Ronan

by Vince Devlin A relatively new, but rapidly growing, concept in senior living is making its way to Ronan this spring. It’s called “independent living,” and that’s what The Peaks will offer. “It’s a step below assisted living,” explains co-owner Sage Dorrington, who along with his wife Lindsey hope to have The Peaks fully open […]

Apr 14

Butterfly Homes in Billings

by Erik Olson Photos by Casey Page Ardy Robertson chose her room in the newest residence at Butterfly Homes in Billings Heights for a simple reason: the view. The former Roundup resident was the first member of Butterfly’s new assisted-living facility, so she had her pick of rooms. She chose the one with a window […]

Jan 18

Whole Foods Can Help Us

Story by Rebecca Morley, for Montana 55 What are whole foods? We may know we should eat more healthy whole foods, but sometimes we don’t know exactly what qualifies. Simply speaking, whole foods have been processed or refined as little as possible and are free from additives and artificial substances. According to a Food & […]

Jan 18

A ‘Flawless Pianist’

Woman returns to UM in her retirement Story by Lucy Beighle, for Montana 55 Photos by Tyler Wilson, for Montana 55 One of Barbara Blegen’s earliest memories is running around the University Theatre (now known as the Dennison Theatre) at the University of Montana, at the age of 6 or 7. Her mother, Dorothy Anderson […]

Jan 13

Normal Sex Life as We Age? It’s Complicated

Story by Jill Daly , Tribune News Service There’s no one right answer for women who wonder if their sex life is normal in their midlife years, and there are doctors who say they can prove it. In an attempt to go beyond surveys of women in their 40s and 50s asking them about their […]

Jan 13

What Are You Reading?

by Barbara Theroux People read books to learn, to prepare, to celebrate and to escape. Will Schwalbe’s new book talks about specific books that added meaning to his life. The title is recommended here to have you reflect on what books and reading mean to you. What books have been important to you? Books for […]

Jan 13

Master of His Craft

Story by David Erickson, for Montana 55 | Photos by Tommy Martino, for Montana 55 One of the world’s most respected luthiers is, probably while you are reading this, quietly working on another handmade guitar in an unassuming shop in the woods, way up Petty Creek Road west of Missoula. John Walker builds high-end custom […]

Jan 13

Your Grandchildren’s Education

Story by David Erickson for Montana 55 If you’re thinking about putting money away to pay for college for your children or grandkids, there’s a better option than just letting it sit in a savings account. A 529 college savings plan is a program that offers tax advantages for those who want to put money […]

Jan 13

The Importance of Play Across All Ages Remains Relevant

Story by Laura Olsonoski, OTD, OTR/L Photo by Melissa Bluntonoski Play contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of individuals across the lifespan. This learning process is self-sustained in children and based on a natural love of learning and playful engagement with life. As we age this process becomes more complex. We begin […]

Jan 13

A Writer and a Gentleman

James Lee Burke Reflects on Life and Work as He Releases New Book Story by Cory Walsh. for Montana 55 | Photos By Kurt Wilson, for Montana 55 To James Lee Burke, the appropriate response to many questions arrives in the form of a story. The author, who turned 80 in December, said that in […]