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Boasting a beautifully prime location, top-notch recreation, free public transportation, plentiful access to healthcare, and friendly neighbors, Missoula is a popular place for seniors to retire. With so many folks choosing to settle in here, it’s no wonder that Missoula has been named on multiple lists of top cities to retire in.

MOLLI, a lifelong-learning program based out of the University of Montana, offers seniors a fantastic educational opportunity. Anyone over the age of 50 can sign up for a wide variety of noncredit short courses in the humanities, natural, social and political sciences, and fine arts. Courses are led by UM faculty, emeritus faculty and local professionals and scholars. ­ Ere are three six-week terms a year − in the fall, winter and spring. Visit www.umt.edu/molli for a course catalog and registration.

­The Missoula Senior Center also serves the 50+ crowd. Open Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm, the center offers seniors a chance to socialize, read the newspaper, access the internet, attend classes, eat lunch (only $6!), play games, and participate in activities and special events like dances, concerts and travel. Visit www.themissoulaseniorcenter.org for monthly event calendars and lunch menus.

Missoula Aging Services has promoted the independence, dignity and health of older adults and those who care for them for over 37 years. Every day, Missoula Aging Services delivers Meals on Wheels, provides caregiver support, helps veterans, prevents elder abuse and neglect, connects older adults to services, and places hundreds of volunteers who contribute to the good of the Missoula community.

Whether you have questions about Medicaid, housing, healthcare, finances and social security or are looking to become active in the community as a volunteer, Missoula Aging Services has the answers and resources you seek. Visit www.missoulaagingservices.org for more information and a complete list of services.

Looking for senior housing? Visit Montana55.com for a complete list of senior communities in Missoula. You can also order a free copy of the Montana 55 Housing Guide by emailing niche@lee.net or calling 406-523-5319.

A senior housing community isn’t the answer for everyone. Missoula has many businesses whose mission is to keep seniors living in their home. From contractors who renovate houses to make them wheelchair friendly, to caregivers who can assist with simple tasks and chores, to nurses who provide round-the-clock care, there’s ample help available.