New Horizons International Music Association: Staying Cognitively and Socially Active

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan According to the National Institute on Aging, research has shown that maintaining regular social interaction is important for health and well-being, particularly among older adults. As people age, it can be challenging to find engaging experiences that promote strong social bonds. Learning a new skill, like how to play a musical instrument, is a great way … Continue reading New Horizons International Music Association: Staying Cognitively and Socially Active

Connect with Social Security on Social Media

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We strive to keep you informed with accurate and helpful information. Over the last decade, Social Security’s communications strategy has evolved to include electronic messages, through our social media channels. You can share Social Security information, including links to our online tools, with a click of a button. Using Facebook, we reach millions of people on a … Continue reading Connect with Social Security on Social Media

Urban Farming

By Lyndsy Gamet, Stakeholder and Network Partners Manager at Elder Law of Michigan Urban farming, also known as urban agriculture, has been around for centuries. It is simply growing, processing, and distributing food in urban areas. The practice of urban farming faces many challenges in modern times, including lack of space, lack of knowledge and interest, and laws that prohibit types of urban farming in some … Continue reading Urban Farming

Senior Citizen Discount for Taxes

Guest post, by Kate Moss, Relationship Manager with Equanimity Wealth Management Jadranko Tomic Bobas, J.D., Managing Hotline Attorney at Elder Law of Michigan Being eligible to use senior citizen discounts is like a rite of passage in life. It says, ‘You’ve made it!’ Be proud of your age and take your senior citizen discount at McDonald’s for coffee, get cheaper movie tickets and even ask … Continue reading Senior Citizen Discount for Taxes

Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Many low-income individuals must decide between putting food on the table and doing basic home repairs and maintenance. This decision often results in home repairs and maintenance going undone. If you are a homeowner in Oakland County or Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood in Wayne County you may be able to receive free help with home repairs. Rebuilding Together … Continue reading Rebuilding Together Southeast Michigan

Power of Attorney: An Overview

By Jadranko Tomic Bobas, Managing Attorney at Elder Law of Michigan In Michigan when we discuss powers of attorney (POA), we usually refer to a financial power of attorney and/or a medical power of attorney. A power of attorney is a document that delegates decision-making capacity to a third person, which is usually a family member or a trusted friend. Powers granted can be broad, specific, narrow, or … Continue reading Power of Attorney: An Overview

Three Financial Literacy Tips for Seniors

By Denise Keiser, Fund Development Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan April highlights the importance of financial education. But, how do we ensure the principles shared during the month have a lifelong effect far beyond the month of April, especially for seniors? Financial literacy, after all, offers individuals the ability to make smart, informed decisions about their financial resources which stretch from money to housing and … Continue reading Three Financial Literacy Tips for Seniors

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Social Security Q&A Part 19

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: Can I delay my retirement benefits and receive benefits as a spouse only? How does that work? Answer: It depends on your date of birth. If you were born on or before 01/01/1954 and your spouse is receiving Social Security benefits, you can apply for retirement benefits on your spouse’s record as long as you are … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 19

Which Hammer Do I Use?

By Ron Tatro, Vice President at Elder Law of Michigan In the 1990’s there was a popular television show called Home Improvement starring Michigan native Tim Allen. He portrayed Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, an accident-prone host of a fictional cable television show called Tool Time. While Home Improvement made fun of home repair projects, other television shows such as This Old House took a more serious look at home renovations.  So, … Continue reading Which Hammer Do I Use?