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A Very Important Fact About Social Security Disability

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist An important fact about Social Security disability is the definition:  the inability to work because of a severe condition that is expected to last for a year or end in death. Social Security disability benefits replace part of your income when you become disabled and are unable to work. Other disability programs may have partial or short-term … Continue reading A Very Important Fact About Social Security Disability

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How May We Help You?

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security has a toolbox full of resources on its website, http://www.socialsecurity.gov, to help you with your financial planning. With so many resources, maybe it’s easier if we highlight one of our “best.” B.E.S.T. is the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool, available at https://ssabest.benefits.gov. It can help you find out if you might be eligible for retirement, disability, … Continue reading How May We Help You?

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Bullying Among Older Adults: Long Term Care Facilities, Part 2 of 4

By Emilee Evans, Legal Intern As noted in last week’s blog post, bullying is used to make an individual feel powerful by making another individual feel vulnerable and powerless. Being the target of bullying can be intimidating. By seeing this behavior through the perspective of residents of long term care facilities, hopefully cases of bullying will be easier to identify. The end of this post will include resources to use … Continue reading Bullying Among Older Adults: Long Term Care Facilities, Part 2 of 4

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Seniors and Domestic Violence

By Kathryn Larlee, J.D. October can be so beautiful. Leaves in full color, warm sweaters, delicious soups, apples and pumpkin spice in almost everything. For some, however, there is little to celebrate. Some folks are hurting or struggling with abuse. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and a purple ribbon designates domestic violence awareness. Seniors face unique challenges when domestic violence happens to them. If an older person experiences abuse … Continue reading Seniors and Domestic Violence

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Bullying Among Older Adults: The Basics, Part 1 of 4

By Emilee Evans, Legan Intern In light of October being Domestic Violence Awareness month, it is important to recognize forms of domestic violence that are largely underrepresented and not frequently brought to the public’s attention. Bullying among older adults is a misrepresented issue that may constitute a form of domestic violence. The questions then arise: What is bullying among older adults? Where may it occur? When do issues begin? Why do these disputes … Continue reading Bullying Among Older Adults: The Basics, Part 1 of 4

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Winter Protection Plan

By Julia Miller, Legal Intern Michigan is well known for its cold, snowy winters, so it is no surprise that energy and heating bills can skyrocket during this time. For low income households these high costs can put them in danger of having their utilities shut off. In Michigan, not having heat during the winter months is incredibly unsafe, which is why the State of Michigan, through … Continue reading Winter Protection Plan

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World Heart Day: 9/29

By Karen Flores, JD As Americans, we are bombarded with information on how smoking, obesity, and unhealthy habits result in a large number of deaths related to cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, premature death by heart disease and stroke is not just a problem in the US, it is the world’s number one killer. To combat this global killer, the World Heart Federation (WHF) is zealously … Continue reading World Heart Day: 9/29