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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

Recognizing the Symptoms of Diabetes

By Shirley Brown, Economic Security Team Member  What is diabetes? Diabetes is the inability of your body to use blood glucose for energy. There are several types of this disease, however I will address Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.   Type 1 diabetes is a more severe form because the pancreas no longer makes insulin. This is when blood glucose cannot enter the cells to be used for energy. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, where either the pancreas does not make enough insulin, or … Continue reading Recognizing the Symptoms of Diabetes

Making a Difference with Community Service

By Jennifer Blanck, MiCAFE Network Coordinator   We are a wonderful nation that comes together by pouring out love, time, talent, support, food, clothing and more to help others who are going through natural disasters and other tragedies. Churches, large companies, and non-profit organizations are crucial in the recovery process to rebuild and help communities recover, which can take weeks, months or even years.   I have the … Continue reading Making a Difference with Community Service