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National Nutrition Month

By Marley Van Fossen, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Do you know someone who could benefit from National Nutrition Month? March is important because it is National Nutrition Month. This month brings attention to the importance of making healthy food choices, creating healthy habits, and being physically active. It is a great opportunity for health care providers to educate their patients on … Continue reading National Nutrition Month

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Social Security Q&A Part 18

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I am receiving Social Security retirement benefits and I recently went back to work. Do I have to pay Social Security (FICA) taxes on my income? Answer: Yes. By law, your employer must withhold FICA taxes from your paycheck. Although you are retired, you do receive credit for those new earnings. Each year Social Security automatically … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 18

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Social Security Q&A Part 17

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I have diabetes and I have to take insulin. Is my insulin covered by Medicare? Answer: Medicare Part B does not cover insulin unless use of an insulin pump is medically necessary. However, certain Medicare Part D prescription drug plans may cover insulin and certain supplies used to inject insulin, like syringes. For more information, please … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 17

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Flu Season When You Are Age 65 or Over

Previously posted in November 2017. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the peak of flu season occurs between November and March. In consideration of the upcoming season, the first step to preventing the flu would be to get your flu shot. Other common preventative methods include practicing good health habits such as: regularly washing your hands (especially after coughing, sneezing, or touching things … Continue reading Flu Season When You Are Age 65 or Over

Data Analysis Reveals that Millions of Households with Seniors Rely on SNAP to Stave Off Hunger

Via Food Research & Action Center By Emily Pickren One in 10 households with seniors (age 60+) participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), on average each year between 2012–2016. This is according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed in interactive tools released today by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), in collaboration with AARP Foundation. These first-of-their-kind interactive maps and accompanying tables … Continue reading Data Analysis Reveals that Millions of Households with Seniors Rely on SNAP to Stave Off Hunger

Recognizing the Symptoms of Diabetes

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member  What is diabetes? Diabetes is the inability of your body to use blood glucose for energy. There are several types of this disease, however I will address Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.   Type 1 diabetes is a more severe form because the pancreas no longer makes insulin. This is when blood glucose cannot enter the cells to be used for energy. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, where either the pancreas does not make enough insulin, or … Continue reading Recognizing the Symptoms of Diabetes

Steps to Take When Becoming a Caregiver – Part 7

By Christine Steinmetz, JD, Hotline Attorney This post is Part 7 of our series on caregivers. The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives phone calls each week from loved ones and caregivers asking what he or she can do when there are concerns about a loved one. This blog post will discuss caregiving and finances. Many caregivers find it very rewarding to care for a loved one. However, caregivers often take … Continue reading Steps to Take When Becoming a Caregiver – Part 7