Seniors and Pets: Part 1

By Jadranko Tomic Bobas, J.D., Managing Hotline Attorney, and Angela Quinn, Legal Hotline Intern   Many people have a family pet that they cherished growing up. While many families own a pet for various reasons, such as teaching a child responsibility, pets can also serve a valuable role in the life of a senior. Pets provide social interaction and physical activity for older adult owners. Pets reduce depression and … Continue reading Seniors and Pets: Part 1

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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

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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

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Social Security Honors the Nation’s Heroes on Memorial Day

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist On Memorial Day, we honor service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security acknowledges the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives to protect our country. Part of how we honor these heroes is the way we provide Social Security benefits. The loss … Continue reading Social Security Honors the Nation’s Heroes on Memorial Day

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Facts You Should Know About Enrolling In Medicare Part A & B

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Understanding Medicare isn’t as difficult as you might think. It’s a benefit most working Americans can count on. Here are some facts you might not know about the program. Can I still get Medicare at 65? Yes, you’re eligible for Medicare starting at 65, no matter what year you were born. If you or your spouse worked … Continue reading Facts You Should Know About Enrolling In Medicare Part A & B

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5 More Facts You Might Not Know About Social Security

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist What kind of questions do you and your friends ask about Social Security? When do my benefits arrive? What are Social Security work credits, and do they have anything to do with the way my benefits are figured? Will I be automatically enrolled in Medicare? Read on to find the answers to these questions. Social Security benefits … Continue reading 5 More Facts You Might Not Know About Social Security

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Social Security Q&A Part 8

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: How can I become a representative payee? Answer: If you know someone who receives Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and who needs assistance managing their payments, contact your local Social Security office about becoming their representative payee. Go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/payee for more information. Question: If I retire at age 62, will I be eligible … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 8