Three Common Ways Your Social Security Payment Can Grow After Retirement

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist You made the choice and now you are happily retired. You filed online for your Social Security benefits. They arrive each month in the correct amount exactly as expected. But, did you ever wonder if your Social Security check could increase? Once you begin receiving benefits, there are three common ways benefit checks can increase: a cost … Continue reading Three Common Ways Your Social Security Payment Can Grow After Retirement

Things to Know Before Buying a Mobile Home

By Jadranko Tomic-Bobas, J.D., Managing Hotline Attorney, and Lauren Sutter, Legal Hotline Intern  For many seniors, the idea of buying a mobile home seems like a great idea. There are often many positives to owning a mobile home, including: potentially lower energy bills, a sense of community, rules and regulations that enforce an atmosphere of calm and quiet, and a smaller property to care for. However, there are … Continue reading Things to Know Before Buying a Mobile Home

Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Sara Jackson

By Dawn Kepler, Project Coordinator Sara Jackson is a Network Specialist for Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) program. She has been a member of the Elder Law of Michigan team since September 2016. Some of Sara’s favorite projects include growing the MiCAFE Network into new areas of the state and sustaining our partnerships with new and innovative approaches.   Taking a tour through Sara’s office … Continue reading Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Sara Jackson

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Social Security A Source of Independence for Millions

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist On July 4, people in communities everywhere celebrate our nation’s independence with neighbors, family, and friends. A strong community promotes independence by helping each other lead full and productive lives. Social Security has been helping people maintain a higher quality of life and a level of independence for over 80 years. Over those decades, we’ve made it … Continue reading Social Security A Source of Independence for Millions

Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Dawn Kepler

By Sara Jackson, MiCAFE Network Specialist  Dawn Kepler is a Project Administrator at Elder Law of Michigan and has been a member of the team since March 2014. Before she started working for Elder Law of Michigan, a coworker at a previous job told her to contact the attorneys at Elder Law of Michigan because they might be able to help her and her husband when they had an identity … Continue reading Meet the Team, Staff Spotlight: Dawn Kepler

How the Work Rules Work for You

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Retirement doesn’t have the same meaning for everyone. Some people plan to retire and never work again. Some people plan for second careers in occupations that wouldn’t have adequately supported their families, but they do the work for pure enjoyment. Some people, whether by design or desire, choose to work part-time or seasonally to supplement their retirement … Continue reading How the Work Rules Work for You

Caregivers Guide to Driving Issues – Part Two

By Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney  This post is the second part of a previous blog post on Caregivers Guide to Driving Issues. The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives phone calls every week from loved ones and caregivers asking what he or she can do when there are concerns about a loved one’s driving.  In our last post, I discussed issues that arise when a caregiver becomes aware of potential problems of … Continue reading Caregivers Guide to Driving Issues – Part Two