Protecting our loved ones from elder abuse

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Are you concerned about protecting your older relatives and friends from elder abuse? The pandemic highlighted the disproportionate impact of tragedy on underserved communities, including older adults, who face high rates of elder abuse, fraud, and nursing homes deaths. It’s important to remember that elder abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or … Continue reading Protecting our loved ones from elder abuse

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  At Social Security, we recognize and appreciate the roles people with disabilities play in the workforce.  That’s why we’re celebrating and sharing Matt’s story. As a job seeker who is deaf and needs accommodations, Matt was reluctant to tell prospective employers about his disability.  He worried that employers would not hire … Continue reading Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National savings day reminds us to plan for the future

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist This year, October 12th is National Savings Day. This day serves as an important reminder to plan for your financial future. Social Security is a vital part of any financial plan.  We have online tools to help you understand your potential Social Security benefits and how they fit into your financial future. You should periodically review … Continue reading National savings day reminds us to plan for the future

Social Security services for the Hispanic community

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security strives to deliver great customer service and helpful information to everyone, including people who are more comfortable reading and speaking Spanish. Our Spanish-language website, http://www.segurosocial.gov, provides information about our programs and services. You can learn how to get a Social Security card, plan for retirement, apply for and manage benefits, and much more. You … Continue reading Social Security services for the Hispanic community

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.