Stretching to Prevent Injuries and Improve Mobility

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Often when people think about fitness they think about cardio or strength training. However, stretching can be as beneficial to your health as other forms of exercise. We engage in activities every day that tighten our muscles, but stretching does more than relieve tight muscles and improve flexibility. According to Wexner Medical Center, stretching can help … Continue reading Stretching to Prevent Injuries and Improve Mobility

These are the Days

By Sheila Robison, Economic Security Team Member for MiCAFE at Elder Law of Michigan Masks, social distancing, quarantines, Stay at Home orders, avoid crowded indoor spaces, work from home, order groceries to be delivered, order prescriptions to be delivered, leave it on the porch, sanitize all incoming items, let mail sit for three days before opening, use gloves, wash your hands, isolate from others when sick, … Continue reading These are the Days

My Social Security, It’s Not Just for Retirees

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist You don’t have to be retired or even close to retirement to benefit from a personal my Social Security account.  Calling Social Security is rarely necessary once you have one.  You can do much of your business with us online. With your personal my Social Security account, you can:  Request a replacement Social Security card (in most states and … Continue reading My Social Security, It’s Not Just for Retirees

Making the Most of America Saves Week

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist This year, America Saves Week runs from February 22 – 26.   The week is an opportunity for organizations to promote good financial habits.  It’s also a great time for people to assess their own saving status, as planning and saving are key to a successful retirement. Each day of the week will focus on a different … Continue reading Making the Most of America Saves Week

Get Your Social Security Benefit Statement (SSA-1099 / SSA-1042S)

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Tax season is approaching, and replacing your annual Benefit Statement has never been easier.  The Benefit Statement, also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S, is a tax form we mail each year in January to people who receive Social Security benefits.  It shows the total amount of benefits you received from us in the previous … Continue reading Get Your Social Security Benefit Statement (SSA-1099 / SSA-1042S)

Workers in Your Home And Social Security

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Do you plan to pay a cleaning person, cook, gardener, babysitter, or other household worker at least $2,300 in 2021?  This amount includes any cash you pay for your household employee’s transportation, meals, and housing.  If you will pay at least $2,300 to one person, you have some additional financial responsibilities. When you pay at least … Continue reading Workers in Your Home And Social Security

Mid-America Pension Rights Project: What happens to my pension if my pension plan terminates and how can I protect it? (Part 2)

By Christine Steinmetz, Pension Attorney at the Mid-America Pension Rights Project at Elder Law of Michigan A Working-Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems  The Mid-America Pension Rights Project (MAPRP) assists clients with pension and 401(k) issues. There are no age or income restrictions and there is never a charge for the services. The Pension Project works to find answers and solutions to your pension-related problem. In … Continue reading Mid-America Pension Rights Project: What happens to my pension if my pension plan terminates and how can I protect it? (Part 2)

Four Questions About Social Security That Can Help You Plan Your Retirement

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Social Security benefits are part of the retirement plan of almost every American worker.  If you’re among the many people covered under Social Security, you should know what your future benefit may be. These monthly payments may be a vital part of your retirement income. We base your benefit payment on how much you earned during … Continue reading Four Questions About Social Security That Can Help You Plan Your Retirement