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Social Security Q&A: Will seasonal earnings boost retirement benefit?

Q: Although I stopped working a few years ago, I had additional seasonal earnings after my retirement. Will my monthly Social Security retirement benefit increase?

A: Possibly. And you can get Social Security retirement or survivors benefits and work at the same time. Each year we review the records for all working Social Security recipients to...Read more

Editorial: Building on experience: Strategies to keep older workers in the workforce

It is no secret that Maine's workforce is too small, and aging. That is all the more reason for the state and its employers to value older workers. They are here, have valuable skills and are ready to contribute.

BDN Maine Focus Editor Erin Rhoda recently wrote about businesses that were utilizing older workers to improve their workforce. One ...Read more

Social Security and You: Daughter Due Benefits Gives Retiree Options

Q: I am about to turn 62. I am trying to decide if I want to retire and take my Social Security now; or wait until age 66 to get higher benefits. I know everyone has to make a similar decision. But I have a bit of a twist. I have a 14-year-old daughter, and I know she is due benefits on my account until she is 18. I am wondering: Can I file for ...Read more

Social Security Q&A: Can I get a new number after ID theft?

Q: Someone stole my Social Security number, and it's being used repeatedly. Does Social Security issue new Social Security numbers to victims of repeated identity theft?

A: Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America, so you aren't alone. If you've done all you can to identify and fix the problem, including contacting the ...Read more

Senior dance hosts boogie for retirement centers, cruises

If you're male, older than 60, look good in a tux and love to cut a rug, the world is your oyster.

Such gents are in great demand as dance hosts. These suave fellows, a mash-up of Gilded Age elegance and Fred Astaire, are booked to even out the skewed ratio of senior guys to gals on dance floors at retirement communities, cruise ships and ...Read more

Social Security and You: Women Who Worry They Are Missing Out

Every single day, I get emails from women wondering if they are missing out on some kind of Social Security benefits. These are almost always women in their late 60s or even in their 70s and 80s. They are either getting their own Social Security retirement benefits and wonder if they should be getting more money from their husband's Social ...Read more

Changes, errors in benefits can leave veterans in bind

Once called the best-kept secret of veterans benefits, "aid and attendance" has become an important resource for older veterans needing long-term care or help with dressing themselves or other daily functions.

Some local veterans or surviving spouses have been stunned, however, when the Department of Veterans Affairs has ordered them to repay ...Read more

Survey: Idaho Ranks among Top Places for Retirement

TWIN FALLS -- Six years ago, Robin Burt and her husband moved to southern Idaho from California to retire. Spending much of the time in a fifth-wheel trailer, they took in the Gem State's scenic views for about 1 1/2 years. Then her husband died.

Burt, of Kimberly, had not yet sold her home in central California, and friends there expected her...Read more

Social Security Q&A: When will I get my first disability payment?

Q: I am very happy that I was just approved to receive disability benefits. How long will it be before I get my first payment?

A: If you're eligible for Social Security disability benefits, there is a five-month waiting period before your benefits begin. We'll pay your first benefit for the sixth full month after the date we find your ...Read more

Social Security and You: How to Apply for Benefits

I have written lots of columns that help you decide when to start your Social Security benefits. But once you make that decision, how do you go about signing up for them? That's the focus of today's column.

First, you've got to gather the documents you may need. What official papers or other evidence the Social Security Administration might ...Read more