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Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Use of Private Collection Agencies  

by Karen Flores, Hotline Attorney Recently, the IRS has announced that it has initiated a new private debt collection program.  The IRS has hired four private debt collection agencies to collect some longtime unpaid federal tax debts.  Collection action will begin spring 2017.  The four collection agencies are: CBE Group of Cedar Falls, Iowa Conserve of Fairport, New York Performant of Livermore, California Pioneer of Horseheads, … Continue reading Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Use of Private Collection Agencies  

Man and woman jogging.

National Senior Health & Fitness Day

By Jennifer Blanck, MiCAFE Network Coordinator People over the age of 65 are at a higher risk of obesity, heart disease and fall-related injuries.  This is greatly due to the fact that as people age they tend to lose muscle mass, bone density, energy, and flexibility causing them to lead a more sedentary lifestyle.  What many people don’t realize is that they can combat many of these … Continue reading National Senior Health & Fitness Day

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Age Out Loud – Celebrating Older Americans Month

by Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator Did you know that May is Older Americans Month? The theme “Age Out Loud” is being promoted by the Administration for Community Living this year. With roughly 10,000 people turning 65 years old every day in the United States, Older Americans Month aims to bring awareness to and celebrate how aging looks different today, both compared to the past and varying … Continue reading Age Out Loud – Celebrating Older Americans Month

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A Working Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

by Sandra Wisnewski, J.D., Director of the Mid-America Pension Rights Project The Mid-America Pension Rights Project (MAPRP) assists clients with pension and 401(k) issues.  There are no age or income restrictions and there is never a charge for the services.  The MAPRP works to find answers and solutions to your pension-related problem.  Just ask Mr. M. Mr. M worked in a Zinc mine for nine years.  … Continue reading A Working Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

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Steps to Take When Becoming a Caregiver – Part 5

by Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney This post is the fifth in our series on caregivers. In our previous posts, we discussed the different legal documents that can assist a caregiver before the person being cared for becomes incapacitated. The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives phone calls each week from loved ones and caregivers asking what he or she can do when the person being … Continue reading Steps to Take When Becoming a Caregiver – Part 5

May is Mental Health Month 2017.

Mental Health Awareness Month

by Mary Beth Daley, Staff Accountant Wikipedia tell us, “Mental Health Awareness Month (also referred to as ‘Mental Health Month’) has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people in the United State through the media, local events, and screenings.” Since its origin, in 1949, by the Mental Health America organization (known at that time as the National Association of … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness Month

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National Humor Month

By: Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Coordinator National Humor Month is might as a means to heighten public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor. Laughter and joy – the benchmarks of humor – lead to improved well-being, boosted morale, increased communication skills, and an enriched quality of life. It’s no surprise that the month begins with April Fool’s Day, a day which has sanctioned frivolity and amusement … Continue reading National Humor Month