By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist You made the choice and now you are happily retired. You filed online for your Social Security benefits. They arrive each month in the correct amount exactly as expected. But, did you ever wonder if your Social Security check could increase? Once you begin receiving benefits, there are three common ways benefit checks can increase: a cost … Continue reading Three Common Ways Your Social Security Payment Can Grow After Retirement
By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist On July 4, people in communities everywhere celebrate our nation’s independence with neighbors, family, and friends. A strong community promotes independence by helping each other lead full and productive lives. Social Security has been helping people maintain a higher quality of life and a level of independence for over 80 years. Over those decades, we’ve made it … Continue reading Social Security A Source of Independence for Millions
By Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney This post is the second part of a previous blog post on Caregivers Guide to Driving Issues. The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives phone calls every week from loved ones and caregivers asking what he or she can do when there are concerns about a loved one’s driving. In our last post, I discussed issues that arise when a caregiver becomes aware of potential problems of … Continue reading Caregivers Guide to Driving Issues – Part Two
By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Question: How do I change my citizenship status on Social Security’s records? Answer: To change your citizenship status shown in Social Security records: Complete an application for a Social Security card (Form SS-5), which you can find online at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ss-5.html; and Provide documents proving your: New or revised citizenship status (We can only accept certain documents as proof of citizenship. … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 11
By Michelle Goetz, J.D., Project Coordinator If your dad is around, would you do me a favor? Forget finding the ‘perfect’ gift, and spend some time with him. My dad lives far away from me, but we always make a Skype date (virtual) to catch up. Like many of those who will read this post, my life can be busy and time flies by. Therefore, it becomes even more important to make sure my dad knows … Continue reading Don’t Forget Father’s Day, June 17th!
By Rachael Savoie, Human Resources Do you know what the colors of the United States flag represent? According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, red represents hardiness and valor; blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice; and white represents purity and innocence. According to The Library of Congress, Flag Day is observed annually in the United States on June 14th. Flag Day was established to honor and celebrate the adoption of the American Flag which took place on June 14, 1777. … Continue reading Flag Day: June 14, 2018
By: Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist No matter how much you’ve planned, there’s no better time than now to think about your future. We’d like to encourage you to take Five Steps toward Your Financial Security. Planning for the future may seem intimidating to many, but we’ve broken the task down into five easy steps: Step 1: Get to know your Social Security … Continue reading Five Steps for Social Security Success