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Social Security Q&A Part 19

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: Can I delay my retirement benefits and receive benefits as a spouse only? How does that work? Answer: It depends on your date of birth. If you were born on or before 01/01/1954 and your spouse is receiving Social Security benefits, you can apply for retirement benefits on your spouse’s record as long as you are … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 19

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Michigan can say ‘thank u, Ariana Grande’; Her hit ‘7 Rings’ boosts state pension funds

Via Lansing State Journal By Carol Thompson Michigan pensioners get a little boost every time Ariana Grande’s chart-topping song “7 Rings” hits the airwaves. That’s good news for the more than 530,000 people tied to the state’s pension programs, most of which are not fully funded. There isn’t a direct line between “7 Rings” to pensioners’ pockets, but it’s pretty close. Here’s the connection: In the song, Grande puts … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Michigan can say ‘thank u, Ariana Grande’; Her hit ‘7 Rings’ boosts state pension funds

Which Hammer Do I Use?

By Ron Tatro, Vice President at Elder Law of Michigan In the 1990’s there was a popular television show called Home Improvement starring Michigan native Tim Allen. He portrayed Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, an accident-prone host of a fictional cable television show called Tool Time. While Home Improvement made fun of home repair projects, other television shows such as This Old House took a more serious look at home renovations.  So, … Continue reading Which Hammer Do I Use?

Tri-County TRIAD

By Michelle Jackson, Economic Security Team Member at Elder Law of Michigan Tri-County TRIAD is a collaboration of seniors, law enforcement, and community members in Eaton, Ingham, and Clinton Counties. TRIAD started in 1980 and continues to improve senior lives today. The founder, Emily Horne, started TRIAD because she felt strongly about helping older adults in the community. Throughout the years, using education, outreach, and … Continue reading Tri-County TRIAD

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Do I Really Need Insurance?

Ron Tatro, Vice President at Elder Law of Michigan Recently, I was watching the evening news and viewing all the devastation across the country. Wildfires, flooding, blizzards, and tornadoes have resulted in the deaths of people and the loss of billions of dollars in damage to homeowners and commercial property. These tragic occurrences got me thinking about the role insurance plays in seniors’ lives. For many … Continue reading Do I Really Need Insurance?

See What You Can Do Online During National Social Security Month-Part One

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist For generations, Social Security has been evolving to meet your changing needs. In April, we celebrate National Social Security Month by letting you know what you can do online with a my Social Security account. Replacing a lost or stolen Social Security number (SSN) card has never been easier. You can request a replacement SSN card online … Continue reading See What You Can Do Online During National Social Security Month-Part One