Sweetest Seniors

By Sheila Robison, Economic Security Team Member  Get ready all ye who are romantic at heart! This year Sweetest Day is October 20th, always the third Saturday in October and celebrated in the Midwestern and parts of the Northeastern United States. You may think this is just a holiday created to increase the sale of candy and other romantic deeds. However, in 1922, philanthropist Herbert Birch Kingston started … Continue reading Sweetest Seniors

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Workers’ Compensation and Certain Disability Payments May Affect Your Social Security Benefits

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Many people working nowadays have more than one job, so it’s not uncommon for them to have several sources of income. Owning multiple small businesses, seasonal jobs, and the gig economy add to the mix — and complexity — of our modern day economy. It’s important to keep in mind that having multiple sources of income can … Continue reading Workers’ Compensation and Certain Disability Payments May Affect Your Social Security Benefits

What Happens When a Guardianship Gets Contentious

Via AARP By Kenneth Miller Larry Davis tried his best to help his stepmother, but distance made it difficult. Davis lived with his wife in Sonoma County, Calif.; Kise (pronounced KEEˇ-say) Davis lived in Las Cruces, N.M., 1,200 miles away. She was struggling with dementia, and Larry, who held power of attorney over her affairs, spoke with her regularly, kept tabs on her via local … Continue reading What Happens When a Guardianship Gets Contentious

Recognizing the Symptoms of Diabetes

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member  What is diabetes? Diabetes is the inability of your body to use blood glucose for energy. There are several types of this disease, however I will address Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.   Type 1 diabetes is a more severe form because the pancreas no longer makes insulin. This is when blood glucose cannot enter the cells to be used for energy. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, where either the pancreas does not make enough insulin, or … Continue reading Recognizing the Symptoms of Diabetes

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Pension lump-sum payouts and your retirement security

Via pueblo.gpo.gov A guide for consumers considering their retirement payout options from a private-sector plan. Your traditional pension plan is designed to provide you with a steady stream of income once you retire. That’s why your pension benefits are normally paid in the form of lifetime monthly payments. Increasingly, employers are making available to their employees a one-time payment for all or a portion of … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Pension lump-sum payouts and your retirement security

Steps to Take When Becoming a Caregiver – Part 7

By Christine Steinmetz, JD, Hotline Attorney This post is Part 7 of our series on caregivers. The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives phone calls each week from loved ones and caregivers asking what he or she can do when there are concerns about a loved one. This blog post will discuss caregiving and finances. Many caregivers find it very rewarding to care for a loved one. However, caregivers often take … Continue reading Steps to Take When Becoming a Caregiver – Part 7

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Social Security Q&A Part 14

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: Is it true that ten thousand people are retiring each day? What is the best way for me to apply and avoid long lines in my Social Security office? Answer: Yes. The best way is to use our online retirement application at http://www.socialsecurity.gov. You can complete it in as little as 15 minutes. It’s so easy. … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 14