Whitmer’s welfare agency delays aid change to comply with state law

Via The Detroit News By Craig Mauger Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is delaying a policy change that could allow more Michigan residents to receive food and cash assistance. The one-month delay is required to comply with state law, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said in a Friday statement. The increased limits will now take effect on Dec. 1. At an Oct. 17 … Continue reading Whitmer’s welfare agency delays aid change to comply with state law

That’s for the Birds

By Ron Tatro, Vice President at Elder Law of Michigan My family’s home is in the country and we are surrounded by nature. Deer, turkeys, coyotes, and sandhill cranes roam the fields. Our back yard is home to countless species of birds. They range from large birds such as hawks and eagles to doves, cardinals, and songbirds. For me, they are a reminder of the changing … Continue reading That’s for the Birds

2019 Fall Season Health and Safety Reminders for Seniors

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan The 2019 fall season is upon us with cooler temperatures, changing colors of leaves, animals gathering food for storage, and people letting go of the hustle and bustle of the hot weather. However, this is a critical time for the senior population. Fall marks the time to remind seniors of health and safety … Continue reading 2019 Fall Season Health and Safety Reminders for Seniors

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

Sandra Wisnewski, Director of 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. Z. Ms. Z worked for a company for many years. It had been so long ago … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Here’s why you should buy life insurance when you are young

Via CNBC By Sharon Epperson and Jessica Dickler When you’re just starting out, life insurance may not be your first concern. Putting it off may cost you. Research shows that millennials, who are saddled with hefty student loan bills, have struggled to set money aside for other purchases — from life insurance to buying a home. On average, about 7 in 10 seniors graduate with debt, owing around … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Here’s why you should buy life insurance when you are young

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): How retirees can make required minimum distributions pain free

Via CNBC By Lorie Konish Stocks had a rocky close to 2018. That doesn’t mean your required minimum distribution from retirement accounts will be lower this year as a result. RMDs, as they are commonly known, are the minimum amount individuals who are age 70½ and older must take out of their retirement funds such as individual retirement accounts or workplace-based accounts such as 401(k) … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): How retirees can make required minimum distributions pain free

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): St. Clair voters asked to renew tax for city pensions

Via Voice News By Jim Bloch Voters in the city of St. Clair will head to the polls on Nov. 5 to decide whether or not to renew a one mill property tax to help the city pay the pensions of city employees. On a house valued at $100,000, the tax would amount to $100 per year. It is one of the longest-standing voted taxes … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): St. Clair voters asked to renew tax for city pensions

Domestic Violence Awareness

By Shirley Brown, Screening and Application Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Domestic violence is one of the most horrific crimes a person can be subjected to. The individual who commits the crime quite often goes unpunished. Perpetrators often hide their behavior from the public and seem to be ordinary upstanding people; pretending to be a loving and caring partner in public, while at home … Continue reading Domestic Violence Awareness

Maintaining Emotional Wellness

By Betsy Smith MiCAFE Network Shareholder and Partner Manager at Elder Law of Michigan Stress and depression can have adverse effects on our physical health, and when left unchecked, both can lead to chronic conditions. To raise awareness about the importance of mental well-being, October is observed as Emotional Wellness Month. Many seniors enjoy the freedom of retirement; fewer responsibilities, and more time for travel … Continue reading Maintaining Emotional Wellness

Understanding Social Security Spouse’s Benefits

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Marriage is a tradition that exists on every continent and in nearly every country. Having a partner not only means creating a family unit, it means sharing things like a home and other property. Understanding how your future retirement might affect your spouse is important. When you’re planning for your retirement, here are a few things to … Continue reading Understanding Social Security Spouse’s Benefits