An African American family enjoys a picnic outdoors.

Social Security and Black History Month

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist In February, our nation honors African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Recognizing our shared history is one way we can affirm our belief in freedom and democracy for all. For more than 80 years, Social Security has helped secure today and tomorrow with financial benefits, information, and tools for people of countless backgrounds and ethnicities that … Continue reading Social Security and Black History Month

A woman stands on a rocky beach while holding plastic containers and trash.

Pollution Solutions

By Abigail Haller, Screening Integration Coordinator  The Great Lakes are home to thousands of plant and animal species, along with Michigan’s beautiful beaches and landscapes. These features are not the only factors that make the Great Lakes significant. The Environment Protection Agency states that the Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s surface fresh water; that is a lot of water and, unfortunately, a lot of pollution. One of the largest types of pollution is from plastic.   The plastic pollution level usually references ocean pollution instead of Great … Continue reading Pollution Solutions

Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolution!

  By Sheila Robison, Economic Security Team Member  Over 4,000 years ago, ancient Babylonians started New Year’s resolutions. I wonder if they were successful to keep their promises all through the year! In our current world, only 8% of people actually keep those New Year’s resolutions. Let’s find out how we can be successful throughout the whole year.   It’s always a good move to keep your New Year’s resolutions … Continue reading Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolution!

Five Ways to Avoid Financial Stress This Thanksgiving

Via Center for Financial Health By Denise Keiser Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can blow your budget right out of the water.  From the additional food and beverage cost to table decorations, holiday gatherings often cause undue financial stress.  So how can you prevent financial stress this Thanksgiving?  First, the most expensive part of holiday gatherings is overspending – spending more money on the gathering than we plan to spend.  Start your holiday season … Continue reading Five Ways to Avoid Financial Stress This Thanksgiving

The Importance of Companionship

By Abigail Haller, Screening Integration Coordinator   As we age, we begin to fall away from daily interactions with others. Children grow up and move away, we retire, and we might not be able to keep up with our favorite hobbies like we used to. Communication with others keeps our minds focused and give us experiences that helps us stay emotionally versed. Changes with aging can be overwhelming and … Continue reading The Importance of Companionship

Recap: Call to Justice Awards 2018 Honors Elizabeth Zeldes

By Ron Tatro, Vice President  On August 29, 2018, Elder Law of Michigan honored Elizabeth Zeldes, a Kent County Certified Public Accountant, for her efforts in working to support seniors through financial planning and services.  The Joe D. Sutton Call To Justice Awards honor those that share the mission of Elder Law of Michigan to advocate for, educate, and assist those in need, with a continued focus on older adults and person with disabilities.  Ron Tatro, … Continue reading Recap: Call to Justice Awards 2018 Honors Elizabeth Zeldes

Recap: Call to Justice Awards 2018 Honors Traci Ruiz

By Jay Tomic Bobas, J.D., Managing Hotline Attorney   On August 15, 2018, Elder Law of Michigan honored Retired Lansing Police Department Lieutenant Traci Ruiz with the 2018 Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Award for her elder abuse prevention work.   The Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards honor those that share the mission of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. to advocate for, educate, and assist those in need, with a continued focus on older … Continue reading Recap: Call to Justice Awards 2018 Honors Traci Ruiz