Our Lifetime Commitment to You and Yours

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security is here with information, tools, and benefits to help you secure today and tomorrow. Our journey together begins when you’re born and get your Social Security card. It continues when you get your first job and follows you through your entire career, marriage, and retirement. Our commitment is to be with you throughout life’s journey. … Continue reading Our Lifetime Commitment to You and Yours

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

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): ERISA at 45: Where do we go from here?

Via BenefitsPro By Alan Vorchheimer September 2019 marks the 45th anniversary of President Gerald Ford signing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, commonly called ERISA. Of course, the issue of retirement income security is as relevant as ever, particularly given questions about the long-term sustainability of current Social Security benefit levels. We can use this occasion to review the issues that the legislation was intended to address, … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): ERISA at 45: Where do we go from here?

National Good Neighbor Day: September 28, 2019

By Jennifer Blanck, MiCAFE Network Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Have you ever heard of National Good Neighbor Day? I hadn’t until recently, when I stumbled upon it by accident while searching for resources on the internet. I thought this was a cool idea that I needed to share with others. First, let me share a little background. According to an article on Awareness … Continue reading National Good Neighbor Day: September 28, 2019

Essential Information About Medicare Open Enrollment

By Sheila Robison, MiCAFE Network Screening Integration Coordinator, at Elder Law of Michigan It’s that time of year again! The annual Medicare Open Enrollment period begins October 15th and ends December 7th. During this time, you can review your Medicare benefits and make changes to your Medicare plan penalty free! Ok, you won’t be winning a cruise to the Bahamas, but we’ll try to make … Continue reading Essential Information About Medicare Open Enrollment

MiCAFE Success Story: Ms. H

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan  Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) is a program of Elder Law of Michigan that helps potentially eligible older adults and individuals with disabilities access and apply for public benefits through the Department of Health and Human Services. MiCAFE also helps older adults and those with disabilities who are struggling to renew … Continue reading MiCAFE Success Story: Ms. H

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Genetic testing scam preys on seniors’ cancer fears and may be costing taxpayers millions

Via CBS News The trouble began for Ken and Judy Johnson – a pair of retirees from Austin, Texas – at a Fort Lauderdale arts festival. “There was a couple of people in there saying ‘come get your DNA tested,’” Judy recalled. The company, Genexe Health, billed itself as a genetic testing “one-stop shop.” With a quick cheek swab, the Johnson’s could learn if they … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Genetic testing scam preys on seniors’ cancer fears and may be costing taxpayers millions

Hello Papa

By Ron Tatro, Vice President at Elder Law of Michigan Recently, my wife and I received a call from our 14-year-old granddaughter. As I answered the phone, I was greeted with “Hello Papa.” She was calling Grandma and Papa to say thank you for her recent birthday gifts. Over the next few minutes, we talked about her volleyball tournament, piano recitals, travel plans, and school. … Continue reading Hello Papa

Your Earnings Record is Both Your Financial History and Your Financial Future

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security is an earned benefit. Your earnings history is a record of your progress toward your benefits. Social Security keeps track of your earnings so we can pay you the benefits you’ve earned over your lifetime. This is why reviewing your Social Security earnings record is so important. If an employer didn’t properly report just one … Continue reading Your Earnings Record is Both Your Financial History and Your Financial Future