Social Security online learning tools

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist With many schools starting in September, our online resources for educators are great for teaching people about Social Security!  Chances are a student will know someone who receives retirement or disability benefits.  Our educator’s toolkit is a great way to introduce our many programs to a new audience and show them that our programs help people … Continue reading Social Security online learning tools

Access your earnings history with “my Social Security”

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist It may have been years or even decades since you thought about how much you earned at your first job.  Did you know that you can find out how much you made that first year?  Or any year you worked? Your earnings history is a record of your progress toward your future Social Security benefits.  We … Continue reading Access your earnings history with “my Social Security”

Top five fraud and scam prevention tools

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist With the right anti-fraud information, you can help protect those you love.  Here are the five most important resources about Social Security scams that you should know about: Find out how to spot fake calls and emails and what to do if you get one on our Protect Yourself from Social Security Scams page at ssa.gov/scam. … Continue reading Top five fraud and scam prevention tools

“True cost of aging” index shows many U.S. seniors can’t afford basic necessities.

Via Money Watch By Judith Graham Nationally, and for every state and county in the U.S., the Elder Index uses various public databases to calculate the cost of health care, housing, food, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses for seniors. It represents a bare-bones budget, adjusted for whether older adults live alone or as part of a couple; whether they’re in poor, good, or excellent health; and … Continue reading “True cost of aging” index shows many U.S. seniors can’t afford basic necessities.

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

By Christine Steinmetz, Pension Attorney at the Mid-America Pension Rights Project at Elder Law of Michigan   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.  Just ask Ms. M.  Ms. M worked for a … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

Social Security to offer self-attestation of sex marker in Social Security number records

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We will offer people the choice to self-select their sex on their Social Security number (SSN) record.  We anticipate this option will be available in the fall of 2022. “The Social Security Administration is committed to reducing barriers and ensuring the fair treatment of the LGBTQ+ community by updating our procedures for Social Security number records,” … Continue reading Social Security to offer self-attestation of sex marker in Social Security number records

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Parents’ Day

Due to a technical issue, this blog was not release on July 24, 2022, however with the permission of the author, the blog is released today, Friday, September 2, 2022. By Sheila Robison, MiCAFE Screening and Application Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan  In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed National Parent’s Day into a Congressional Resolution Law (36 U.S.C. § 135) mainly for recognizing and supporting … Continue reading Parents’ Day

Social Security is here when you’re ready for retirement

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist When you think you’re ready to retire, we’re here to help you make an informed decision about when to apply for benefits.  You should decide based on your individual and family circumstances. Would it be better for you to start getting benefits early with a smaller monthly amount over a longer period?  Or perhaps wait for … Continue reading Social Security is here when you’re ready for retirement

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Working Later in Life can Lead to a Happier, Healthy Lifestyle 

By: Michelle Jackson, Screening and Application Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan  Older Adults are working much later in today’s job market. Some work due to economic reasons and some work for socialization as well as keeping mentally and physically fit. Employers often hire older staff due to their experience and commitment to the company they work for. In many cases a job can be more … Continue reading Working Later in Life can Lead to a Happier, Healthy Lifestyle