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‘Tis the Season to Think About Estate Planning

By Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney The holiday season is a busy time for everyone. We are decorating homes, preparing meals, baking cookies, visiting loved ones, and buying gifts for others. One thing we often overlook is taking care of others by having our estate plan in place. People often wait to call an attorney for estate planning documents before going on a big trip or having major surgery.  However, this is the … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season to Think About Estate Planning

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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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Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends Thursday, December 8, 2017

Via National Council on Aging The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is an annual period of time (October 15 through December 7) when current Medicare users can choose to re-evaluate part of their Medicare coverage (their Medicare Advantage and/or Part D plan) and compare it against all the other plans on the market. After re-evaluating, if you find a plan that is a better fit for … Continue reading Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends Thursday, December 8, 2017

Aging Network News

Via Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan Aging Network News The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging has called on Congress to reject any tax cut proposals that fail to recognize the fiscal realities of the aging of our nation and/or would undermine critical aging programs. Since 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day now and the older adult population is expected to hit … Continue reading Aging Network News

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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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Managing Someone Else’s Money: Protect My Money

By Michelle Goetz, Project Coordinator Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a loved one or friend who is unable to pay bills or make financial decisions. Yet, there are billions of dollars that are inappropriately taken from vulnerable seniors and veterans. To help you know your rights and responsibilities as a conservator, trustee, power of attorney, or veterans’ affairs fiduciary/ representative payee, … Continue reading Managing Someone Else’s Money: Protect My Money

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Dementia Support Program for Caregivers

By Christine Steinmetz, Hotline Attorney November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. According to the World Health Organization and the Alzheimer’s Association, there are approximately 47 million people in the world with dementia and approximately 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. In addition, every 66 seconds someone develops the disease. Dementia effects mainly older adults; however, it can affect younger adults … Continue reading Dementia Support Program for Caregivers