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What is long term care insurance?

What is Long Term Care Insurance?

Ever heard of LTC insurance, or LTCI? These acronyms stand for long term care insurance, which was created to help cover costs associated with health services you might need as you get older. It’s different from traditional health insurance, though, because it can help cover the cost of services like in-home healthcare, assisted living, and …

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Best Fall Foliage Tours in the Flathead Valley

We’re the lucky ones. It’s easy to take for granted the fact that we live in such a beautiful place. Flathead Valley is breathtaking year-round, but especially during fall when the leaves start to change and vivid colors emerge. We have mountains, the largest freshwater lake in the West, and plenty of outdoor activities for …

Learn the many benefits of swimming for seniors

6 Reasons to Consider Swimming Exercises for Seniors

Do you have a love-hate relationship with exercise? As we age, exercise often becomes harder because of the impact on the bones and joints. Physical activities like jogging, aerobics, playing sports, and even walking can be hard on the musculoskeletal system, making you want to avoid exercise all together. Luckily there are lower-impact exercises like …

Here’s how to choose the right retirement community.

How to Choose the Right Retirement Community for Your Needs

If you’ve done research on senior living communities, you’ve probably come to the conclusion that there are many to choose from. Your list of contenders may have similarities and you may be scratching your head thinking, now which one do I choose? The ultimate question is: how do you know which one is right for …

Beautiful views of the Flathead Valley in Montana.

Senior-Friendly Walking Tours in the Flathead Valley

Welcome to the beautiful Flathead Valley in Northwest Montana, a destination surrounded by valleys, mountains and beautiful lakes. In the cradle of the West, there is so much to see and do. Whether you’re lucky enough to be a resident of the area or are just visiting, you can enjoy exploring new places or experiencing …

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What to Expect After Moving to a Senior Living Community

As you age, you might find it necessary to make changes in your lifestyle. This could mean making a transition from your home to a senior living community. Although the idea of moving from your home to somewhere unfamiliar may sound daunting, the results of your move can be a great joy and a wonderful …

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Safe-Driving Tips for Seniors

As you age, many things can change. Driving is one of them. You may need to make small but impactful adjustments to ensure you are staying safe on the roadways and navigating as efficiently and effectively as possible. You can still maintain your independence simply by making slight changes to your driving habits and updating …

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The Guide to Better Nutrition Habits for Seniors

Living a healthy lifestyle starts with the food you are eating. Food is the foundation that your health is built on, and getting the proper nutrients and minerals is essential for living well. On the opposite end, eating poorly by consuming non-nutritious foods can slow down your body, deteriorate your health, and lead to a …

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Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month 2018

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 65 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As of 2018, 5.7 million Americans are afflicted with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, with numbers continually on the rise. As there is currently no cure, it is incredibly important to spread awareness and increase the …

Kids enjoying time in nature at a faith-based summer camp in the flathead valley

Faith-Based Summer Camps in the Flathead Valley

Attending summer camp is beneficial to children and teens for a variety of reasons. First, it’s an opportunity for them to disconnect from their hectic schedules and lives –quite literally. Cell phones are rarely allowed, and even if they are, good luck getting a reception in the woods! Secondly, it’s a new adventure just waiting …

Seniors enjoying spring activities

5 Ways to Get Involved Socially this Spring

Spring has officially sprung! From the blooming flowers to the chirping birds, there’s just something about spring that rejuvenates the soul. After being cooped up indoors over the winter, those of all ages look forward to getting outside to enjoy some of that warmth and sunshine. The Best Spring Activities for Seniors There’s no better …

Seniors staying safe on a walk knowing fall prevention tips

Top Tips to Prevent Falls in Seniors

As you get older, changes in your body can make you more susceptible to a fall. Muscle mass decreases after you reach age 40, which affects your overall strength and mobility. How well you’re able to see can also increase your risk for a fall, and many adults find their vision getting worse the older …

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The Myths about Assisted Living

Despite the fact that assisted living communities are proven to boost independence and enhance the lives of those residing in them, there seems to be several misconceptions about this popular senior living option. And, these misconceptions regarding the lifestyle and level of care offered can lead to hesitation on the part of all those involved …

Older adults enjoying taking part in a senior fitness program

5 Reasons to Join a Senior Fitness Program

Many older adults recognize the fact that staying physically active is key to a better quality of life. However, it seems like the older we get, the more difficult it becomes to incorporate exercise in our daily routines. You might feel hindered by chronic arthritis or lower back pain that make it challenging to move …

Senior discussing hip replacement surgery with his physician

Could You Benefit from Hip Replacement Surgery?

Nearly a million Americans choose to have hip replacement surgery every year. In fact, hip replacements are one of the most commonly performed elective surgeries in the country, allowing 90 percent of those who undergo it to get back to the active lifestyles they previously enjoyed. Do You Need a Hip Replacement? Symptoms You Shouldn’t …

Seniors excited to move to their new retirement community

The Moving Guide for Seniors

No matter your age, moving from a longtime home can be an emotional, stressful period in life. For older adults who are downsizing to a senior living community, there’s the extra step of making decisions about what belongings will be making the move with them. Items like extra pieces of furniture and décor may not …

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Tips For Improving Your Heart Health

Though heart disease risks increase with age, it doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of getting older. The right lifestyle habits and a heart-healthy diet can help protect the hardest-working muscle in your body, so it’s vital that you take the proper steps to keep it in the best condition possible as you age. …

Generations of a happy, healthy family

Top Reasons to Learn Your Family Health History

People are naturally curious about their family’s past. Maybe your grandfather was a star in silent movies, or maybe your mother moved to the United States from Europe with only the clothes on her back. Perhaps you’ve always been told how much you look like your mother’s favorite cousin, or maybe you stumbled upon some …

Exercise for seniors in the winter includes a variety of engaging activities like yoga

How to Stay Active Over the Winter Months

When the weather outside is frightful, it’s difficult to find the motivation needed to do daily activities, like head out to the grocery store or pick up the dry cleaning. Staying inside where it’s warm and cozy, where you can hunker down on the couch under thick blankets sounds much more appealing, doesn’t it? If …

Seniors happy with their choice of retirement communities for their future

5 Questions to Ask When Touring Retirement Communities

Making the decision to downsize your current home and move to a retirement community is one that can take time for careful thought and deep contemplation. However, once you’ve realized all the benefits downsizing offers to fully enjoy your retirement years, you’re on your way to enjoying the active, maintenance-free lifestyle a senior living community …

Learn how to reduce stress in your life with these tips

Stress Management Tips for Seniors

Throughout your life you face elevated stress levels for a variety of reasons. When you’re a child, you may feel anxious on the first day of school and when making new friends. As a young adult, getting accepted into the college of your choice or acing all your exams can be stressful. Then, establishing your …

Seniors exercising to benefit brain health and prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Exercise and Alzheimer’s Disease

Staying physically active into your later years offers a variety of benefits to seniors, from keeping your heart healthy and your bones strong to improving your balance and strengthening your immune system. Exercise is also a known mood-booster, perfect for letting off some steam and reducing your stress levels. It can even help you get …

Seniors enjoying a healthy meal together

Seniors and Loss of Appetite – Is it Normal?

As you age, you might find that you’re suddenly eating less than you used to. Due to a decrease in both the level of physical activity you partake in daily and your resting metabolic rate, loss of appetite in seniors is a fairly common occurrence. However, it’s still important to get the essential vitamins and …

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The Difference Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Normal Memory Loss

Forgetfulness is sometimes simply part of our daily lives. We mark appointments on our calendars, write lists of items to buy at the grocery store or set alerts on our cell phones as reminders of things to remember. As you age, both your body and your brain go through changes, making forgetfulness even more common. …

Prevent osteoporosis by leading an active lifestyle

Osteoporosis Prevention Tips

Osteoporosis is a disease that occurs when the body’s bone mass decreases or doesn’t make enough bone – or both – resulting in the bones becoming brittle and weak. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), osteoporosis is responsible for close to nine million bone fractures every year, and affects 200 million women worldwide. In …

Senior doing physical therapy for hip replacement recovery

Successfully Recovering from Hip Replacement Surgery

Joint replacement surgeries have helped millions of people by relieving their chronic pain and restoring function and mobility. If you’re experiencing daily hip pain from arthritis or an injury, studies show that 90 percent of those who have hip replacement surgery enjoy a higher quality of life with less stiffness or pain, and they are …

Beautiful view of Chief Mountain in Glacier National Park in the Flathead Valley during fall

Enjoy Fall in the Flathead Valley

Ask anyone who has lived in Montana for a while what their favorite season is, and we’d guess that you’ll get “fall” as the resounding answer. The cooling air, the vibrant colors and the ability to enjoy the sights without crowds of tourists are just a few reasons everyone loves the fall. Tucked away in …

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The Best Exercises for Seniors

Incorporating exercise into your daily routine has countless benefits for people of all ages, such as a healthier heart, stronger bones, improved flexibility and maintaining an ideal weight. For older adults, exercise offers even more long-term health benefits. For instance, seniors who stay physically active feel more energetic, experience less chronic pain, have a decreased …

Senior couple contemplating their future and aging in place

What Does Aging in Place Mean?

The Importance of Having a Plan for Your Future The average American today is expected to live to the age of 78, which means people are living longer than ever before. These older adults stay engaged in the workforce longer or within their communities, from volunteering and mentoring to spending more time with loved ones. …

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Downsizing Tips for Seniors

Why Should You Consider Downsizing For many people, saying goodbye to a long-term home and moving away from all the memories created there can be an emotional or stressful time. However, for those seniors looking to live more independent, carefree lifestyles, downsizing a home can present many benefits. Why should you consider downsizing your home? …

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Dementia-Fighting Vitamins and Minerals

Your lifestyle can have a major impact on your health as you age. In fact, although scientists have yet to develop a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, recent research has shown that various lifestyle changes can reduce the risk for the disease and combat cognitive decline. Managing a healthy sleep schedule, maintaining low stress levels, exercising …

The Benefits of a Life Plan Community at ILC

The Benefits of a Life Plan Community

What is a Life Plan Community? In November of 2015, senior advocacy group, LeadingAge, announced a new term for Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs): Life Plan Community. Why the change? After two years of research, the conclusion was clear that today’s seniors prefer a name other than CCRC. No matter which name you personally prefer, …

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Family Fun in Kalispell, Montana

Kalispell Attractions for the Whole Family Keeping the kids occupied throughout the lazy, hazy summer months can pose some challenges. We all know how the attention spans of the youth are; one minute they can be fully engaged in an activity, and the next minute dramatically declare they’ve never been so bored in their entire …

The Importance of Social Interactions - ILC

The Importance of Social Interactions

Avoiding Social Isolation as You Age Throughout our lives, the way we learn to interact with others and build relationships has a major impact on not only our social lives, but our physical, mental and emotional health as well. For seniors, some of the main benefits of social interactions are similar to those of physical …

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Technology and Seniors

Technology for Seniors: Making Life Easier While seniors may be known as being notoriously late to adopting the latest technology, over the past few years, older adults have started catching up with their younger counterparts. For instance, a study from the Pew Research Center revealed that compared to the year 2000, when 86 percent of …


Signs Your Loved One Needs Assisted Living

Starting the Conversation about Assisted Living Aging can bring challenges to our loved ones’ independence. Daily tasks that used to be simple may start to require assistance from others, and while 24-hour skilled nursing care may not be necessary, some individuals require more personalized attention that allows them to continue to thrive. As a caregiver, …

Things to do in Kalispell Montana

Top Attractions in Kalispell, Montana

Kalispell has a rich history that dates back to the late 1800s. Originally founded as a railroad town, Kalispell became the county seat and the trade and financial center of the Flathead Valley. Today, Kalispell is still known as the professional, medical, retail and governmental center of the region, serving around 140,000 people in Northwest Montana.

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Innovative Therapy for Seniors: Music and Art Therapy

An integral part of senior care includes therapy programs like physical, occupational and speech/language therapy. These types of therapies are vital in improving mobility, motor skills, balance and coordination, and communication. In addition to these traditional programs, more senior living communities today are also offering creative, alternative therapies like aquatic, music, art, or even pet therapy, as each provides additional benefits above and beyond what the traditional therapies can provide.

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Senior Living Options Today

In the past, older adults had to choose between aging in place in the home, perhaps with some in-home care or assistance from a family caregiver, or moving to a nursing home when their health begins to decline. However, senior living communities have come a long way since then. Healthy, active seniors who simply want to downsize or enjoy a retirement lifestyle could be a perfect fit for an independent living apartment. On the other hand, seniors who are experiencing a worsening in chronic conditions or a decline in overall health might be better suited to an assisted living or skilled nursing community.


Independent Living Decision Guide

Is a Retirement Community Right for You? When older adults start thinking about changing their lifestyles, one of the greatest fears many face in regards to moving to a senior living community is the thought of losing their independence. They may think they’ll be bored, that they will never get to see their friends and …