Social Security’s Online Services are Ready for Business

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist During this time when our physical offices are closed to the public, you may wonder, “How can I get help from Social Security without visiting an office?”  You can find the answer at http://www.ssa.gov/onlineservices, which links you to some of our most popular online services.  You can apply for retirement and disability benefits, appeal a decision, … Continue reading Social Security’s Online Services are Ready for Business

Social Security Honors our Military Heroes

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist On Memorial Day, our nation honors military service members who have given their lives for our country.  Families, friends, and communities pause to remember the many great sacrifices of our military and ensure their legacy lives on in the freedoms we all enjoy.  We recognize these heroes who, in President Lincoln’s words, “gave the last full … Continue reading Social Security Honors our Military Heroes

Social Security Protects Your Investment

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We provide benefits to about one-fifth of the American population and help protect workers, children, people with disabilities, and the elderly.  In 2020, we will pay about one trillion dollars in Social Security benefits to roughly 65 million people. One of our most important responsibilities is to protect the hard-earned money you pay into Social Security, which … Continue reading Social Security Protects Your Investment

MiCAFE Client Story: Mr. H

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Do you have questions about your Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) benefits? Are you having trouble contacting your MDHHS caseworker? Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) might be able to help! Mr. H called MiCAFE because he was having trouble with his Medicaid benefits. Mr. H had been in the … Continue reading MiCAFE Client Story: Mr. H

Social Security to Announce Top Ten Baby Names

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Each May, Social Security releases the top 10 baby names of the previous year.  Along with a name, almost every newborn receives a Social Security number at birth. Your name is what makes you, you!  Your name is linked to your Social Security number, and it connects you to important national programs, such as disability, retirement, … Continue reading Social Security to Announce Top Ten Baby Names

Gardening for Seniors

By Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Screening and Application Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Gardening is a satisfying experience at any age. For those of you who love gardening or have just decided that you may like to try gardening, I have some really good tips. You should start small, which is always a great idea when you are thinking of learning a new skill like … Continue reading Gardening for Seniors

Can You Be Both Sedentary and Active?

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Did you know, even if you meet the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) physical activity guidelines you can still be considered sedentary? Physical Activity, Inactivity, and Sedentary Behaviors: Definitions and Implications in Occupational Health paints an alarming picture of how exercise does not make up for long periods of sedentary behavior. There is a … Continue reading Can You Be Both Sedentary and Active?

The Importance of Nutrition for Aging Adults

By Liseia Parisian, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Did you know that by making simple changes to your diet you can reduce your chance of chronic disease such as diabetes by up to 71% and improve your quality of life to get the best out of your golden years? This is a statistic from the National Council on Aging, which also claims that as … Continue reading The Importance of Nutrition for Aging Adults

Helpful Hints for Unwanted Apartment Invaders

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Do you need some helpful household hints to ward off or proof your home against some of the most popular guests; stink bugs (brown marmorated), bed bugs, roaches, and ants? Do you just need those unwanted guests not to enter your home, or pack-up and move out as soon as possible? Even with limited … Continue reading Helpful Hints for Unwanted Apartment Invaders

Mid-America Pension Rights Project: Defined Benefit Pension vs Defined Contribution 401(k): Part 2

By Christine Steinmetz, Pension Attorney at the Mid-America Pension Rights Project at Elder Law of Michigan In my last blog post, I discussed a defined benefit pension where the employer solely contributes to the plan and bears all the risk. In this post, I will discuss the defined contribution plan. A 401(k), also called a defined contribution benefit, is very different from a defined benefit … Continue reading Mid-America Pension Rights Project: Defined Benefit Pension vs Defined Contribution 401(k): Part 2