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

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

By Christine Steinmetz, Pension Attorney at 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 problem.  Just ask Ms. M.  Ms. M worked for a … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

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

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 

Social Security services for the Hispanic community

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist For nearly 90 years, Social Security has provided financial protection to communities throughout the United States, including the Hispanic community. Today, our retirement, disability, and survivors benefits are an important source of income for Hispanics.  Our Spanish-language website, http://www.ssa.gov/espanol, provides information for those whose primary language is Spanish.  There, people can learn how to get a … Continue reading Social Security services for the Hispanic community

Apply for Social Security benefits online

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Did you know, you can do much of your business online with Social Security?  This means no need to call or visit a local Social Security office.  You can take your time completing our online applications and even save your progress to return to later. You can apply online for: Retirement or Spouse’s Benefits – You … Continue reading Apply for Social Security benefits online

Celebrate your independence with Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Every July, we take pride in celebrating our nation’s independence.  For nearly 90 years, our programs have helped provide financial independence to millions of hardworking people.  We have useful online tools like the Social Security Statement (Statement) and our benefits estimator tool that help people not yet receiving benefits.  The Statement shows the benefits that you … Continue reading Celebrate your independence with Social Security