Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi and demographic projections show the state growing collectively older. The economic, cultural and personal impacts of that trend present the state and its residents with new challenges and, with those challenges, opportunities. The "Graying Pains" series investigates how other communities have responded to the issues raised by aging and considers what strategies might help Montana improve with age. The series is produced by the Montana Fourth Estate Project, a collaboration among 13 Montana newsrooms and the University of Montana School of Journalism coordinated by Montana Free Press under the auspices of the Montana Newspaper Association and the Solutions Journalism Network. See montanafourthestate.org for the collected Graying Pains stories and more information.