The Importance of Older Adults Quitting Smoking

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member  Even though you may have smoked for years and had no difficulties that you know of, it would benefit you greatly to quit. It will be difficult but not impossible. You may need help and may have to try several different approaches to find the one that will work best for you. If you are not successful at your first attempt, do not give up. If you … Continue reading The Importance of Older Adults Quitting Smoking

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Women’s History and Social Security

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist March is Women’s History Month. This is a time to focus not just on women’s achievements, but on the challenges women continue to face. In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. Knowing this, you can take control … Continue reading Women’s History and Social Security

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By Michelle Goetz, Project Coordinator   Did you know that President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in 1987? In fact, 2018 marks the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Presidential Proclamation that designated March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.   This movement created an opportunity to promote respect and equality for people with disabilities; disabilities that are outwardly obvious (a person who is in a wheelchair or uses a … Continue reading MARCH IS DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH

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Social Security celebrates Black History Month

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist In February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for over 90 years. Honoring our shared history is one way we remember that we believe in freedom and democracy for all. Another shared belief … Continue reading Social Security celebrates Black History Month

National Cancer Prevention Month

By Sara Jackson, MiCAFE Network Specialist   The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) reports, approximately one-third of the most common cancers in the United States could be prevented by moving more, weighing less, and eating healthier. If we were to do these things, we could see a decrease of about 340,000 cancer cases each year. That number could be even greater if individuals stopped smoking and protected themselves from sun damage.  When you hear these … Continue reading National Cancer Prevention Month

No Senior Without Christmas (NSWC) 2017

By: Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Coordinator  On December 6, 2017, the No Senior Without Christmas (NSWC) project from Tri-County TRIAD packaged 350 boxes for low-income, homebound senior citizens who reside in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton Counties. The boxes were provided by Two Men and a Truck from Lansing and were packed with daily-living commodities, such as toilet paper, soap, food, candy, blankets, and pillows. Once boxes were packaged by hundreds of volunteers … Continue reading No Senior Without Christmas (NSWC) 2017

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Kim Hill, Economic Security Client Services Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is widely regarded as one of the most famous leaders in the modern Civil Rights Movement. He was not only an intelligent and inspirational speaker, but also an advocate for economic, social, and racial equality. His non-violent resistance and protest practices were born from his Christian upbringing and Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings on peace. During the course of his short life, he had several profoundly … Continue reading Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.