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Reaching Retirement Age? Here’s What You Need to Know

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Every birthday deserves celebration, but some seem a little more special than others do. Think of a baby’s first birthday. Sweet 16. The “Big 4-0.” Then, before you know it, along comes 65, a milestone especially important to retirees. For nearly half a century, American workers looked to 65 as the age at which they could stop … Continue reading Reaching Retirement Age? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Easily access your SSA-1099 for 2017

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security puts you in control of your finances and future. We have made requesting or replacing your annual Benefit Statement even easier. The Benefit Statement, also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S, is available for 2017 after February 1. Now that you have the ability to download it anytime and anywhere using our online services, … Continue reading Easily access your SSA-1099 for 2017

Adopt-A-Family 

By Jennifer Blanck, Economic Security Team Member   Over the last few years, Elder Law of Michigan has adopted a senior family for Christmas. This has quickly become a much-anticipated tradition in the office. The senior community is, unfortunately, a much-overlooked population and there are not as many programs available to the elderly community as there are for young families with children. Most seniors are living on fixed incomes and can barely … Continue reading Adopt-A-Family 

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Fall Prevention

By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist    The National Council on Aging (NCOA) reports that an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury every 11 seconds. While accidents happen, there are safety measures you can take to reduce fall-related injuries for yourself or loved ones.   There are several facets of fall-prevention which include physical health, environmental attributes, and social involvement. Taking care of your physical health includes exercising to build … Continue reading Fall Prevention