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

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

A question mark drawn in white chalk on a blackboard.

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

Vision Loss and Tools for Independence

By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Losing your vision can be overwhelming and feel incapacitating, but there are many resources available so you can continue to live independently and enjoy your hobbies and favorite activities. In Michigan, the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) is under the purview of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The BSBP offers many … Continue reading Vision Loss and Tools for Independence

Disagree with Your Disability Decision?

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security is here to help secure today and tomorrow by providing benefits and financial protection for millions of people. It is imperative that we continue to protect the integrity of the disability program for everyone by ensuring we make the correct decision on each claim. However, if you do not agree with our decision, you can … Continue reading Disagree with Your Disability Decision?

A question mark drawn in white chalk on a blackboard.

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