Eating Seasonally: Eggs

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Each spring, people around the world participate in egg related activities and celebrations, from decorating Easter eggs and egg trees to Bosnia’s celebration of Cimburijada, The Festival of Scrambled Eggs. One reason eggs could play such a significant role in Spring celebrations is their abundance during this time. Seasonal changes in daylight affect when chickens and … Continue reading Eating Seasonally: Eggs

Supplemental Security Income Benefits for Children with Disabilities

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides cash payments to children with disabilities whose families have limited income and resources.  A child must meet the following medical requirements to be considered disabled under Social Security rules: The child must have a medical condition, or a combination of conditions, that results in “marked and severe functional … Continue reading Supplemental Security Income Benefits for Children with Disabilities

Eating Well in the Spring

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Wow, it has been over one year since the COVID-19 stay home order. This has been extremely hard for just about everyone but especially seniors. Spring is finally here, and it is wonderful to see the sun and enjoy the temperature change.  After being cooped up inside many seniors can go walking, sit on the porch … Continue reading Eating Well in the Spring

New Fact Sheets Added to Your Online Statement

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Your Social Security Statement tells you how much you or your family can expect to receive in disability, survivors, and retirement benefits.  It also provides a record of your earnings history and other valuable information.  And now it’s even better! We’ve added new fact sheets to accompany the online Statement. The fact sheets are designed to … Continue reading New Fact Sheets Added to Your Online Statement

Social Security’s Many Online Services

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist There’s probably been a time in your life when you’ve wondered, “Can I do this online instead of visiting a Social Security office?”  The answer is more than likely yes, and you can find more information about our online services at http://www.ssa.gov/onlineservices.  Online, you can apply for retirement and disability benefits, appeal a decision, and do … Continue reading Social Security’s Many Online Services

Part 2: What is Elder Abuse and What can be Done About It?

By Brenda Jones, E-MDT Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan In my first post, I addressed the creation of the Upper Peninsula Financial Abuse Specialists Enhanced Multidisciplinary Team (U.P. FAST E-MDT) to combat elder abuse. Elder abuse is a form of family violence. Like other types of family violence, the dynamics of elder abuse are complex. The National Council on Aging estimates that 1 in 10 … Continue reading Part 2: What is Elder Abuse and What can be Done About It?

Financial Literacy Month, a Perfect Time to Plan for Your Future

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist April is Financial Literacy Month, a time focused on educating people about the importance of planning for a secure financial future.  Social Security is a vital part of any financial plan.  We have online tools to help you understand your potential Social Security benefits and how they fit into your financial future.  You should periodically review … Continue reading Financial Literacy Month, a Perfect Time to Plan for Your Future

The Many Things you can do Online with Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Are you looking for new ways to save time?  Check out our online services available through your secure my Social Security account.  We have lots to offer you online whether you receive benefits from Social Security or not. If you do not currently receive benefits, you can: Request a replacement Social Security card. Review your earnings … Continue reading The Many Things you can do Online with Social Security

Faster Processing of Disability Claims for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Today, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.  Since the onset of Alzheimer’s can occur in people before they retire, it may strike during an individual’s working years;  preventing gainful employment as the disease progresses.  As a result, people must come to grips with a devastating diagnosis while losing their salary and benefits.  … Continue reading Faster Processing of Disability Claims for People with Alzheimer’s Disease