Jun 30

Aging and addicted: The opioid epidemic affects older adults, too

Story by JENNY GOLD and HEIDI DE MARCO Kaiser Health News As the nation grapples with a devastating opioid epidemic, concerns have primarily focused on young people buying drugs on the street. But America’s elderly also have a problem. Over the past several decades, physicians have increasingly prescribed seniors pain medications to address chronic pain […]

Jun 30

Social Security: 2017 Brings Changes to Full Retirement Age

by Nicole Tiggeman, Tribune News Service Every worker’s dream is having a secure retirement to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Social Security is here to help you secure today and tomorrow. Part of that commitment is ensuring you have the most up-to-date information when you make your retirement decisions. “Full retirement age” refers to […]

Jun 30

Creating a movement toward health: Blackfeet tribal member brings together generations

Story by RACHEL CRISP PHILIPS for Montana 55 Alger Swingley is a hard worker. With his job as an outfitter, he’s always done plenty of hiking and guiding across the great Montana outdoors. So when he was asked to start a Blackfeet team for the Montana Spartan Beast Race in 2015, as he neared 60 […]

Jun 30

2017 brings changes to ‘full retirement age’

Story by DAVID BAIER Public Affairs Specialist at the Billings Social Security Office Every worker’s dream is having a secure retirement to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Social Security aims to help you secure today and tomorrow. Part of that commitment is ensuring you have the most up-to-date information when you make your retirement […]

Jun 30

700 percent increase coming in cost of senior passes to national parks

Story by VINCE DEVLIN for Montana 55 If you are 62 or older and think you might ever visit a national park or two before you die, let us offer you some advice: Get thee to a federal recreation site — be it a national park, national forest or Bureau of Land Management office — […]

Jun 30

What is an annuity?

Story by JESSE RAMOS for Montana 55 We currently live in a point in history when people are living longer and longer lives. I don’t think there are many people who would complain about living a longer life, however, when it comes to retirement planning it does raise a bit of a concern. When you […]

Jun 30

Studies look at nutrition’s impact on the aging brain

Story by JUDITH GRAHAM Kaiser Health News Diets designed to boost brain health, targeted largely at older adults, are a new, noteworthy development in the field of nutrition. The latest version is the Canadian Brain Health Food Guide, created by scientists in Toronto. Another, the MIND diet, comes from experts at Rush University Medical Center […]

Jun 30

Music and the brain: Missoula project aims to help people with dementia

Story by JACKIE JOHNSON for Montana 55 Music can change listeners’ moods. It can make people happy, energetic, relaxed or sad. What if it could do even more? One Missoula project is looking at just that question, and it’s working to get music to those who might benefit from a “reawakening.” Many neurological studies have […]

Jun 30

How to help Alzheimer’s patients enjoy life

Alzheimer’s disease has an unusual distinction: It’s the illness that Americans fear most — more than cancer, stroke or heart disease. The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer’s reflects this. People “fade away” and are tragically “robbed of their identities” as this incurable condition progresses, we’re told time and again. Yet, a sizable body of research suggests this […]

Jun 30

Hearing loss and how hearing aids may help

Story by Mayo Clinic News Network The type of hearing loss you have and how severe it is can impact how well a hearing aid works for you. A variety of hearing aids are available, so if the first one you try isn’t helpful, ask your audiologist to recommend another. For people who have hearing […]