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

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Miners Urge Congressional Action On Pensions, Black Lung Fund

Via Ohio Valley Resource By Becca Shimmel Retired coal miners and coal community activists are on Capitol Hill this week urging action on two important issues for miners: pensions and black lung benefits. Advocates say funds supporting both pensions for retired miners and the federal benefits for those sickened by black lung disease are at risk if Congress does not act. Read the full article. Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Miners Urge Congressional Action On Pensions, Black Lung Fund

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Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease

By Sheila Robison, Economic Security Team Member   One of the hardest issues I have dealt with in life thus far is regarding dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is a syndrome which affects a person’s mental cognitive tasks and reasoning in their everyday life. Dementia is an umbrella term which includes Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia may come on slowly or proceed rapidly after onset. Clinical diagnoses should come from a neuropsychiatric evaluation with … Continue reading Dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

By Ron Tatro, Vice President  In 1988, Robert (Bobby) McFerrin, Jr. wrote and performed a song entitled, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” In that song, he sings, “In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry, you make it double.” It seems that in today’s society, we are surrounded by egotism, fake news, and tension. All the negativity bombarding us every day can make us lose sight of all the wonderful things that also surround us. … Continue reading Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Social Security Supports People Battling Cancer

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist In 2018, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. On June 3, 2018, we observe National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In support of this day, Social Security encourages getting checkups to provide early detection, raise awareness through education, and recognize … Continue reading Social Security Supports People Battling Cancer