Weight of the Spoken Word

By Ron Tatro, Director of Michigan Elder Justice Coordinating Council at Elder Law of Michigan Today it seems that most of our information and content comes to us from social media and other virtual platforms. Much of my professional career has been spent in the public forum giving presentations, teaching, and mentoring. Most of this content has been provided through the spoken word. This influx of alternative … Continue reading Weight of the Spoken Word

My Social Security’s four super powers

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Did you know having a personal my Social Security account is almost like having super powers?  Think about it. It protects you, and you can even look into your financial future.  Check out these four features that can empower all working Americans who pay into Social Security. Saves You Time You may think you need to … Continue reading My Social Security’s four super powers

Social Security benefits increase in 2022

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Approximately 70 million Americans will see a 5.9% increase in their Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments in 2022. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost-of-living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The CPI-W rises when inflation increases, leading to a higher cost-of-living. This change means prices … Continue reading Social Security benefits increase in 2022

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