Elder Law of Michigan: Public Service Announcement

Elder Law of Michigan continues to advance our mission of providing support for older adults and vulnerable populations through the successful delivery of our programs. Regrettably, due to funding issues, we must discontinue one of our long-time programs. The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors, after almost 30 years of service to hundreds of thousands of older adults must be discontinued effective June 24, 2019. While … Continue reading Elder Law of Michigan: Public Service Announcement

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Social Security Q&A Part 20

By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: Is it true I can save about $4,900 per year if I qualify for Social Security’s Extra Help with the Medicare prescription drug program? Answer: Yes. If your income and resources meet the requirements, you can save nearly $4,900 in prescription costs each year. Resource limits for 2018 are $14,100 (or $28,150 if you are married … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 20

Mental Health Stigmas

By Ryan Schofield, Legal Intern and Sandra Wisnewski, J.D., Director of Client Assistance at Elder Law of Michigan What do you imagine would be the reaction to someone discussing their mental health issues openly 50 years ago? Was it, “What are you, some kind of loon?” Or possibly, “You’re going to see a shrink?” While some people may have been receptive to discussing mental health, … Continue reading Mental Health Stigmas

National Safety Month

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan June is National Safety Month. This is an important month to review safety precautions, especially for seniors. I am speaking from experience because when you reach a certain age, your mind may tell you to: climb that ladder, shovel snow (non-stop), carry that two-cubit bag of mulch/topsoil, or drive nine straight hours with the last leg … Continue reading National Safety Month

Environmental Working Group: Protecting Your Health

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on a product and wondered what the ingredients are? How can you tell if the ingredients listed are safe to consume or use on your body? Knowing how chemicals affect your body is important, especially for older adults. According to the National Institute of Health, changes … Continue reading Environmental Working Group: Protecting Your Health

Habitat for Humanity Home Repair Program

By Sheila Robison, MiCAFE Network Economic Security Team Member at Elder Law of Michigan Modifications and home improvements are crucial for most homeowners, especially for the senior citizen community. In current economic times, the expense of fixing up a home can be more than what is expected. Our pocketbooks are often not equipped to cover the costs of maintenance a home may need, and thus worry … Continue reading Habitat for Humanity Home Repair Program

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project) Michigan Sheet Metal Workers Pension Applies for Benefits Cuts

Via AI-CIO By Michael Katz The trustees of the Sheet Metal Workers Pension Fund of Troy, Michigan, have reapplied for approval from the US Department of Treasury of a proposed suspension of benefits. The fund’s actuaries have estimated that as of May 1, 2019, the pension is only 40.6% funded, and is projected to become insolvent in the plan year beginning May 1, 2033. According … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project) Michigan Sheet Metal Workers Pension Applies for Benefits Cuts