Despite aging and physical disability, Shirley Tonkin has been able to live independently in the one-level condo she moved into 14 years ago. “I have access to all areas of my home and garage, and I still drive a car with a hand brake,” she said. “I recommend that others consider their options in time to make their own decisions concerning accommodations that will fit them as they age.”
Despite lifetimes of work and contributions to their families, communities, and this state, too many seniors in Montana have limited and fixed incomes and struggle to keep up with the costs of medication, housing, utilities, and food. For these seniors, the modest benefits provided by SNAP supplement their incomes and help them afford adequate and nutritious diets.