Jun 30

Cheaper over-the-counter hearing aids could be on the way

Story by JUDITH GRAHAM Kaiser Health News Imagine seniors walking around with stylish ear devices that amplify and clarify sound and connect wirelessly to smartphones, tablets, televisions and digital assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri. That day is coming, sooner than you may think. Technology is already moving in this direction, and consumer […]

Jun 30

Introduce loved ones to Social Security’s many programs

Story by NICOLE TIGGEMANN Tribune News Service Create a safe and secure my Social Security account at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, with features including: Get your Social Security statement to review: Estimates of your future retirement, disability and survivors benefits Your earnings once a year to verify the amounts that we […]

Jun 30

Taking the plunge: One writer’s journey in checking off a bucket list item

Story by JANICE MINEER for Montana 55 I never wanted to jump out of an airplane. That was never on my bucket list and I imagine if it was, my list would become as short as the time it would take me to hit the ground. No, I always wanted to do something much more […]

Jun 30

Writing a will can be unpleasant, but it is time worth spending

Story by TIM GRANT Tribune News Service Contemplating one’s own demise is not what many people would consider a fun activity. But the time and energy spent writing a will – regardless of how young or how broke the person may be – means being able to choose what eventually happens to financial assets and […]

Jun 30

Giving it a shot: First hand account of a new wellness bootcamp

by Lucy Guthrie Beighle When my kids were little and they’d say something outrageous, I’d tease them and say, “Hmm, that sounds dubious!” They thought that was hilarious, and as I result I had a 2- and a 5-year-old who used the word “dubious” like it was as common as saying “macaroni.” A sweet memory, […]

Jun 30

Spirit out of the trees: A life of woodworker Tim Carney

Story by Brian D’Ambrosio Photos by Tim Carney Timothy Carney’s woodwork is both a mark of respect and a living will. His work is a lifetime of exertion requiring strength as well as a steady execution of choice. Perhaps, most importantly, his woodwork indicates a lifetime of staying true and points toward the most thoughtful […]

Jun 30

What men should know about new prostate cancer screening guidelines

Story by Mayo Clinic News Network Men ages 55 to 69 should talk with their health care provider about prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer. That’s according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Clinicians inform men ages 55 to 69 years about the potential benefits and harms of prostate-specific antigen […]

Oct 23

Area Agencies on Aging

Toll-Free: 800-551-3191 Overseen by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services’ Aging Services Bureau, the Area Agencies on Aging address the needs and concerns of elderly Montanans in their community. Each one of the following public or private nonprofit agencies is required to have an advisory council made up of seniors who will review and comment on all […]

Oct 23

Montana Veterans Homes

The State of Montana operates and manages the Montana Veterans’ Nursing Home in Columbia Falls and oversees a contract for the operation of Eastern Montana Veterans’ Nursing Home in Glendive. Both facilities are restricted to honorably discharged veterans who have served in the armed forces of the United States, and their spouses (spouses are admitted […]

Oct 23

Ombudsmen

Montana’s State and Regional Ombudsmen serve as advocates for the residents of both long term care and assisted living facilities. There are over 30 certified Ombudsmen in the state of Montana. Ombudsmen duties include: Informing the public about nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and long term care issues and concerns Helping you learn about resident […]