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Social Security Q&A Part 16

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., … Continue reading Social Security Q&A Part 16

The Importance of Companionship

By Abigail Haller, Screening Integration Coordinator   As we age, we begin to fall away from daily interactions with others. Children grow up and move away, we retire, and we might not be able to keep up with our favorite hobbies like we used to. Communication with others keeps our minds focused and give us experiences that helps us stay emotionally versed. Changes with aging can be overwhelming and … Continue reading The Importance of Companionship

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Need to Change Your Name on Your Social Security Card?

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Are you changing your name? If so, let Social Security know so we can update your information, send you a corrected card, and make sure you get the benefits you’ve earned. To change your name on your card, you must show us documents proving your legal name change and identity. If you are a U.S. citizen, you … Continue reading Need to Change Your Name on Your Social Security Card?

Recap: Call to Justice Awards 2018 Honors Elizabeth Zeldes

By Ron Tatro, Vice President  On August 29, 2018, Elder Law of Michigan honored Elizabeth Zeldes, a Kent County Certified Public Accountant, for her efforts in working to support seniors through financial planning and services.  The Joe D. Sutton Call To Justice Awards honor those that share the mission of Elder Law of Michigan to advocate for, educate, and assist those in need, with a continued focus on older adults and person with disabilities.  Ron Tatro, … Continue reading Recap: Call to Justice Awards 2018 Honors Elizabeth Zeldes

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Consumer group urges special congressional committee to develop solution to multiemployer pension crisis

Via Pension Rights Center By Emily Gilbert As a result of a misguided law passed in 2014 to ostensibly “save” pension plans, the Treasury Department announced last week that it has provisionally approved an eighth application from a multiemployer pension plan seeking to slash the benefits of vulnerable retirees as a way of balancing its books. The Teamsters Local 805 plan headquartered in New York – … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): Consumer group urges special congressional committee to develop solution to multiemployer pension crisis

Sweetest Seniors

By Sheila Robison, Economic Security Team Member  Get ready all ye who are romantic at heart! This year Sweetest Day is October 20th, always the third Saturday in October and celebrated in the Midwestern and parts of the Northeastern United States. You may think this is just a holiday created to increase the sale of candy and other romantic deeds. However, in 1922, philanthropist Herbert Birch Kingston started … Continue reading Sweetest Seniors

6 Personal Cyber Security Tips

By Denise Keiser, Fund Development Specialist  Do you think your life is too boring for a scammer, hacker, or identity thief to target? If so, you’re not alone. Most people believe that cybercriminals only target banks, corporations, or wealthy celebrities.  Sadly, as cyber attacks continue to grow, so does the target population for scammers to now include individual users like you and me. Cybercriminals may steal, alter, or destroy data by hacking into a susceptible device like your personal computer. Even novice … Continue reading 6 Personal Cyber Security Tips