Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income with Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We pay monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to people with disabilities who have low income and few resources, and people who are age 65 or older without disabilities who meet the financial limits. Income is money you receive, such as wages, Social Security benefits, and pensions.  Income also includes things like food and shelter.  The amount … Continue reading Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income with Social Security

Safety Tips for Seniors Who Live Alone

By Shanon Gallagher, MiCAFE Network Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Most people enjoy the independence of living on their own, so it is not surprising that you and your loved ones would prefer to continue to live on your own for as long as possible. However, as you age you may go through subtle changes that make you more susceptible to accidents. According … Continue reading Safety Tips for Seniors Who Live Alone

Older LGBT Pride

By Betsy Smith, Network Partner at Elder Law of Michigan June 28, 2020 is the fiftieth anniversary of the first Gay Pride march. The first Pride march commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, one of the most important events leading up to the gay liberation movement. Now, that same generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Baby Boomers watches as the world … Continue reading Older LGBT Pride

Forming and Maintaining Connections While Physically Distancing

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Did you know, “Loneliness and social isolation can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day?” This report by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) highlights the importance of maintaining social relationships and staying connected with your friends and family. In January 2020, prior to much of the U.S. implementing … Continue reading Forming and Maintaining Connections While Physically Distancing

Crime Prevention Tips for Seniors Citizens

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan June is crime prevention month for senior citizens. The senior citizen population is a vulnerable age group because they are more likely to be on low or reduced incomes, more likely to live alone, and more likely to suffer from physical and cognitive impairments. Some types of crime could be but are not limited to … Continue reading Crime Prevention Tips for Seniors Citizens

Access my Social Security from your Home

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist With so many services available online through my Social Security, signing up for a secure account will help you conduct Social Security business from home.  With your personal my Social Security account, you can: Estimate your future benefits with our Retirement Calculator to compare different dates or ages to begin receiving benefits; Check the status of your … Continue reading Access my Social Security from your Home

Social Security’s Online Services are Ready for Business

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist During this time when our physical offices are closed to the public, you may wonder, “How can I get help from Social Security without visiting an office?”  You can find the answer at http://www.ssa.gov/onlineservices, which links you to some of our most popular online services.  You can apply for retirement and disability benefits, appeal a decision, … Continue reading Social Security’s Online Services are Ready for Business

Social Security Honors our Military Heroes

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist On Memorial Day, our nation honors military service members who have given their lives for our country.  Families, friends, and communities pause to remember the many great sacrifices of our military and ensure their legacy lives on in the freedoms we all enjoy.  We recognize these heroes who, in President Lincoln’s words, “gave the last full … Continue reading Social Security Honors our Military Heroes

Social Security Protects Your Investment

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We provide benefits to about one-fifth of the American population and help protect workers, children, people with disabilities, and the elderly.  In 2020, we will pay about one trillion dollars in Social Security benefits to roughly 65 million people. One of our most important responsibilities is to protect the hard-earned money you pay into Social Security, which … Continue reading Social Security Protects Your Investment

MiCAFE Client Story: Mr. H

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Do you have questions about your Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) benefits? Are you having trouble contacting your MDHHS caseworker? Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) might be able to help! Mr. H called MiCAFE because he was having trouble with his Medicaid benefits. Mr. H had been in the … Continue reading MiCAFE Client Story: Mr. H