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State health department wants to know what support seniors need

State health officials want to hear from older Montanans to learn more about the services and support they need.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is conducting a community assessment survey for adults 55 and older.

The health department is partnering with 10 nonprofit Agencies on Aging around the state, which are groups focused on systems of health care, retirement, housing, employment and community services for older adults.

The survey asks participants to rate their communities based on access to public transportation, social events and long-term care facilities, among myriad other topics. Results are expected to come out in October.

Montana has an aging population as the baby boomer generation nears retirement. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Montana is one of the top ten oldest states in the country.

The survey takes between 10 to 15 minutes to complete and will be open until June 8. Participants can complete the survey in-person at a local Agency on Aging or online.