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Twenty years ago, the world’s oldest nation implemented an innovative social tax to support its aging citizens — and to free younger generations from some of the burdens of age. Could the model work in Montana?
Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi and is growing older as more Montanans enter their senior years. The economic, cultural and personal impacts of that trend present the state with new challenges—and new opportunities for change. Graying Pains is a series of in-depth stories and broadcasts exploring how Montanans can improve with age.
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Montana, the oldest state in the western United States, faces many of the same problems as Japan, the world’s oldest country. Might there be solutions for Montana from what looks to be a successful experiment enacted two decades ago to help pay for elder care in Japan?
Montana’s family farms and ranches face uncertainties as producers age toward retirement.
A low-cost, high-benefit strength-training program offered through Montana State University Extension may be one solution for how seniors living in small towns can access a fitness program that will help them age well.
The “village” phenomenon is anchored in a simple yet radical notion: local groups, designed and organized largely or entirely by seniors, can provide shared services that help people age where and how they like.