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Social Security Q&A Part 4

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I’m planning to retire next year. I served in the Navy back in the 1960s and need to make sure I get credit for my military service. What do I need to do? Answer: You don’t need to do anything to apply for the special credit for your military service — it is added automatically. For service … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 4

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Social Security Q&A Part 3

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: Can I refuse to give my Social Security number to a private business? Answer: Yes, you can refuse to disclose your Social Security number, and you should be careful about giving out your number. But, be aware, the person requesting your number can refuse services if you don’t give it. Businesses, banks, schools, private agencies, etc., are … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 3

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Social Security Q&A Part 2

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: My brother had an accident at work last year and is now receiving Social Security disability benefits. His wife and son also receive benefits. Before his accident, he helped support another daughter by a woman he never married. Is the second child entitled to benefits? Answer: The child may qualify for Social Security benefits even though your … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 2

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Social Security Q&A Part 1

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: I have medical coverage through my employer. Do I have to take Medicare Part B? Answer: You are not required to take Medicare Part B if you are covered by a group healthcare plan based on either your employment or the employment of a spouse. When your coverage ends, you may contact the Social Security Administration to … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 1

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Flu Season When You Are Age 65 or Over

By Emilee Evans, Legal Intern 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

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Bullying Among Older Adults: A Nurse’s Perspective, Part 3 of 4

By Emilee Evans, Legal Intern This blog will look at how bullying can be assessed by the nurses and staff who oversee residents. Studies that examine trigger factors in resident aggression allow nurses to identify areas of tension and ways to avoid bullying and violence among residents. This post will include some perspectives of nurses on issues of bullying within the nursing home, along with the triggers of aggression identified in … Continue reading Bullying Among Older Adults: A Nurse’s Perspective, Part 3 of 4

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A Very Important Fact About Social Security Disability

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist An important fact about Social Security disability is the definition:  the inability to work because of a severe condition that is expected to last for a year or end in death. Social Security disability benefits replace part of your income when you become disabled and are unable to work. Other disability programs may have partial or short-term … Continue reading A Very Important Fact About Social Security Disability