Grandmother with her caregiver granddaughter.

Caring for a Loved One – Five Questions to Determine if you are a Caregiver

by Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives many calls each week regarding caregivers. There comes a time in many people’s lives when they are unable to take care of themselves and may need to seek the help of others. It may be as simple as having someone come in and help prepare meals or go food shopping. Or, it … Continue reading Caring for a Loved One – Five Questions to Determine if you are a Caregiver

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5 Ways to Stay Active in Winter

by Shirley Brown, Healthy Living Coach Participate in activities that you enjoy. Get excited about this new year, 2016. Begin with a healthy active plan. Always discuss planned changes with your medical doctor before beginning any changes to your physical activities. The temperatures may be too cold, the roads and streets to slippery, however, there are plenty of fun indoor and outdoor winter activities for you to … Continue reading 5 Ways to Stay Active in Winter

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3 Considerations for Seniors this Tax Season

by Michael Wendel, Administrative Specialist Many seniors are not required to file a tax return due to their income status. Yet, seniors can still be eligible for Michigan tax credits, such as the Homestead Property Tax Credit or the Home Heating Credit, which can be filed separately from a tax return. By not filing for these credits, seniors could be missing out on these and other assistance credits, which otherwise could help reduce … Continue reading 3 Considerations for Seniors this Tax Season

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What is an EDRO?

  by Sandra Wisnewski, J.D., Director of the Mid-America Pension Rights Project EDRO is the acronym for, Eligible Domestic Relations Order. Without getting too bogged down with the gory details, a EDRO is a document that is generated when a divorce occurs. A EDRO is used when one or both of the parties earned a pension through a public employer during the marriage. A pension … Continue reading What is an EDRO?

Second Multi-Employer Pension Plan Seeks to Reduce Core Benefits

via The National Law Review, by Jackson Lewis, natlawreview.com, January 13, 2016, On October 28, 2015 we reported that the Central States Southeast and Southwest Area Pension Fund, (“Central States”) one of the largest multi-employer pension plans in the country had filed an application with the Department of Treasury in which it sought to reduce core benefits under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 … Continue reading Second Multi-Employer Pension Plan Seeks to Reduce Core Benefits

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This week is Healthy Weight Week

by Natalie Pearce, L.M.S.W., Director of Economic Security January 20-26, 2016 is Healthy Weight Week. What is a healthy weight? We all want to know the answer to this question!  The truth is that one size does not fit all, literally and figuratively. Numerous factors play into what constitutes a healthy weight for each individual, including height, age, and bone structure, amongst others. After reviewing sources of … Continue reading This week is Healthy Weight Week

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

by Christopher Jackson, J.D., Communications Coordinator Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Established as a day of service in 1994, the day is meant to reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through a national day of service across the country. Dr. King recognized the power of service. He famously said, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” … Continue reading Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service