Lessons Learned

By Ron Tatro, Vice President at Elder Law of Michigan It is hard to believe that another year, 2019, is gone and that 2020 has begun. The holiday season is over, and we are looking forward to spring. It is also the time that many people make, or at least consider making, resolutions. It is a time for new beginnings. I am surrounded by some wonderful colleagues … Continue reading Lessons Learned

Fun and Affordable Fitness for Those with Limited Mobility

By Abigail Haller, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Exercising the heart comes with many health benefits. One major benefit, according to Johns Hopkins research, includes the improvement of the heart muscle’s ability to pull oxygen from the blood. The ability to pull more oxygen from the blood allows the heart to stop pumping as hard and reduces stress on the heart muscles. Managing … Continue reading Fun and Affordable Fitness for Those with Limited Mobility

Older Adults Are Outliving Their Retirement Savings: How I Helped My 89-Year Old Grandmother Bridge the Gap

By Denise Keiser, Fund Development Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Recently, I sat down with my grandmother who is in her 80’s to help prepare her monthly bills and discovered some startling news about her retirement savings – it’s gone! She, like many seniors her age, has outlived her nest egg. Surprisingly, she never thought she would live this long, and thus, ever run … Continue reading Older Adults Are Outliving Their Retirement Savings: How I Helped My 89-Year Old Grandmother Bridge the Gap

You Can Get Social With Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security means many different things to many different people. To a spouse who has lost their partner, it may mean a monthly check to help with childcare costs. For a wounded warrior, Social Security might mean a lifeline of income that improves their quality of life. And chances are, you’ll rely on us one day … Continue reading You Can Get Social With Social Security

2019 Fall Season Health and Safety Reminders for Seniors

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan The 2019 fall season is upon us with cooler temperatures, changing colors of leaves, animals gathering food for storage, and people letting go of the hustle and bustle of the hot weather. However, this is a critical time for the senior population. Fall marks the time to remind seniors of health and safety … Continue reading 2019 Fall Season Health and Safety Reminders for Seniors

Protecting seniors from financial exploitation

Via The Sault News By Scott Brand Addressing what some call “The Crime of the 21st Century” Dr. Peter Lichtenberg of Wayne State University delivered an eye-opening presentation on the prevalence of financial exploitation in older adults. And the statistics reveal that it is growing at a rapid rate. In 2013, there were on average 1,300 suspicious activity reports a month, a figure that jumped … Continue reading Protecting seniors from financial exploitation

Protecting Finances in your Golden Years

Via Cheboygan Daily Tribune By Scott Brand With swindlers, con artists and unscrupulous family members stealing billions of dollars annually from older Americans, Empowerment Specialist Stephanie Woods of Elder Law of Michigan has partnered with local agencies to help protect senior in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. “He’s a national expert in financial capacity assessment and financial exploitation of older adults,” said Woods in introducing Dr. … Continue reading Protecting Finances in your Golden Years

Social Security Can Help You Get Back to Work

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Having a job means different things to different people, but it can give you a sense of self, a community to rely on, and much-needed structure. Some people define themselves through their work. Others may enjoy the social aspect of their jobs. If you rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments or Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits … Continue reading Social Security Can Help You Get Back to Work

Capital Area Housing Partnership

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan When the need arises for a home repair or basic maintenance, many people search for a reliable professional. Often, with a few skills and some basic tools, people can maintain and repair their own homes, which can save a lot of money. Learning home repair skills, being able to practice repair skills without damaging … Continue reading Capital Area Housing Partnership

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Social Security Q&A Part 21

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: What is substantial gainful activity (SGA)? Answer: We use the term “substantial gainful activity,” or “SGA,” to describe a level of work activity and earnings. Work is “substantial” if it involves doing significant physical or mental activities or a combination of both. If you earn more than a certain amount and are doing productive work, we … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 21