Social Security Q&A Part 33

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: My grandfather, who is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), will be coming to live with me. Does he have to report the move to Social Security? Answer: Yes. An SSI beneficiary must report any change in living arrangements before the 10th day of the following month. If you do not report the change, your grandfather … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 33

You can apply for Medicare online

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist You can apply for Medicare online even if you are not ready to start your retirement benefits.  Applying online is quick and easy.  There are no forms to sign, and we usually do not require additional documentation.  We’ll process your application and contact you if we need more information. Knowing when to apply for Medicare is … Continue reading You can apply for Medicare online

A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

By Sandra Wisnewski, Director of the Mid-America Pension Rights Project at Elder Law of Michigan  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 Pension Project works to find answers and solutions to your pension-related problems.  Just ask Mr. M. Mr. M received a retirement packet … Continue reading A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

Three Social Security online musts

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist It’s never been easier to do business with us online.  Often there is no need to call or visit an office.  Here are three webpages that can make your life easier: Create Your Personal my Social Security Account. Did you know you already have access to much of your Social Security information?  All you need to … Continue reading Three Social Security online musts

“True cost of aging” index shows many U.S. seniors can’t afford basic necessities.

Via Money Watch By Judith Graham Nationally, and for every state and county in the U.S., the Elder Index uses various public databases to calculate the cost of health care, housing, food, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses for seniors. It represents a bare-bones budget, adjusted for whether older adults live alone or as part of a couple; whether they’re in poor, good, or excellent health; and … Continue reading “True cost of aging” index shows many U.S. seniors can’t afford basic necessities.

Social Security to offer self-attestation of sex marker in Social Security number records

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We will offer people the choice to self-select their sex on their Social Security number (SSN) record.  We anticipate this option will be available in the fall of 2022. “The Social Security Administration is committed to reducing barriers and ensuring the fair treatment of the LGBTQ+ community by updating our procedures for Social Security number records,” … Continue reading Social Security to offer self-attestation of sex marker in Social Security number records

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Parents’ Day

Due to a technical issue, this blog was not release on July 24, 2022, however with the permission of the author, the blog is released today, Friday, September 2, 2022. By Sheila Robison, MiCAFE Screening and Application Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan  In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed National Parent’s Day into a Congressional Resolution Law (36 U.S.C. § 135) mainly for recognizing and supporting … Continue reading Parents’ Day

Social Security is here when you’re ready for retirement

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist When you think you’re ready to retire, we’re here to help you make an informed decision about when to apply for benefits.  You should decide based on your individual and family circumstances. Would it be better for you to start getting benefits early with a smaller monthly amount over a longer period?  Or perhaps wait for … Continue reading Social Security is here when you’re ready for retirement

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Working Later in Life can Lead to a Happier, Healthy Lifestyle 

By: Michelle Jackson, Screening and Application Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan  Older Adults are working much later in today’s job market. Some work due to economic reasons and some work for socialization as well as keeping mentally and physically fit. Employers often hire older staff due to their experience and commitment to the company they work for. In many cases a job can be more … Continue reading Working Later in Life can Lead to a Happier, Healthy Lifestyle