Social Security Q&A Part 26

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I’m 65, not ready to retire, but I want to apply for my Medicare coverage. How can I do that? Answer: The easiest and most convenient way is to apply online. Use our online application to sign up for Medicare. It takes less than 10 minutes. In most cases, once your application is submitted electronically, you’re … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 26

Addressing Arthritis

By Abigail Haller, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Most people know the term arthritis and the general definition of painful inflammation and stiffness of joints. But what does it truly mean to have arthritis? There are three common types: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. The most common type, affecting 27 million Americans according to Harvard Medical School, is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a form … Continue reading Addressing Arthritis

Senior Safety Tips for the Fall

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Fall is here! Get your leaves raked to help maintain your home as fallen leaves can make your porch, stairs, and walkway very slippery and dangerous. Remember daylight savings time ended Sunday, November 7, 2021, so move your clocks one hour back. If you are still driving be mindful that it gets darker earlier, … Continue reading Senior Safety Tips for the Fall

Social Security survivors benefits explained

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist   We are here for surviving family members when a worker dies.  In the event of your death, certain members of your family may be eligible for survivors benefits.  These include widows and widowers, divorced widows and widowers, children, and dependent parents. The amount of benefits your survivors receive depends on your lifetime earnings.  The higher … Continue reading Social Security survivors benefits explained

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): I want to begin receiving my pension benefit, where do I start?  (Part 4)  

By Sandra Wisnewski, Director of the Mid-America Pension Rights Project at Elder Law of Michigan  I want to begin receiving my pension benefit, where do I start?  (Part 4)  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.  When … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): I want to begin receiving my pension benefit, where do I start?  (Part 4)  

Social Security can help you start or return to work

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist   If you rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and want to start or return to work, we can help. Ticket to Work (Ticket) is a program that supports career development for SSDI beneficiaries and SSI recipients who want to work and progress toward financial independence.  The Ticket … Continue reading Social Security can help you start or return to work

Veterans and active duty military members: Social Security has your back

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist   Every year on Veterans Day, we honor the people who risk their lives to protect our country.  Our disability program is part of our obligation to wounded warriors and their families.  Social Security is an important resource for military members who return home with injuries.  If you know a wounded veteran, please let them know … Continue reading Veterans and active duty military members: Social Security has your back

At home or on the go: Social Security is online

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist   When you retire, if you become disabled, or if someone you depend on dies, we are there when you need us.  You can access your information, benefits, and important services from just about anywhere with your personal and secure my Social Security account.  With your my Social Security account, you can: Compare future benefit estimates … Continue reading At home or on the go: Social Security is online

Autumn Activities for Seniors

Autumn Activities for Seniors By Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Screening and Application Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Autumn or Fall is such a beautiful time of the year, especially in Michigan, and is just around the corner. Soon we will have beautiful maple leaves to explore and will admire the mixed colors that come with the new season. Many Michiganders enjoy taking walks near the lakes … Continue reading Autumn Activities for Seniors