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Social Security: Medicare, a simple explanation

Social Security and Medicare are both programs that are household names, but do you know the true difference? Both programs help safeguard millions of Americans as well as improve the quality of life for their family and friends. While Social Security offers retirement, disability and survivor benefits, Medicare provides health insurance.

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Senior Odor

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: Apparently, I smell. My son told me as nicely as he could, but the message was clear.

I had no idea but am glad to have been told (even if I'm embarrassed to hear it). I've noticed my sense of smell getting worse with age, but I didn't think it would affect me too much. Sadly, that doesn't seem to be the case.

If I can't tell anymore, how...Read more

In late life, one-time civil rights prosecutor and lawyer Chad Quaintance has taken to helping hospital patients in their crucibles

After a lifetime of service that has taken him from the civil rights cauldron of 1960s Selma to the Minneapolis school desegregation battles of the 1970s and '80s, former lawyer Chad Quaintance has settled into a role that even he did not imagine.

But this new chapter is part of a natural progression that suits his heart, his temperament and ...Read more

Boomer U: Hot rod king has fueled dreams for 4 decades

Rich Gortsema of Spokane has fueled hot rod dreams for four decades. Recently, he received a statewide accolade for creating those buffed-up classic cars.

Gortsema, 68, was inducted recently into the Washington State Hot Rod Hall of Fame as 2019 Builder of the Year. Only one person each year receives the recognition, and he and generations of ...Read more

What you need to know to review your Medicare options for 2020

It's registration time for older adults looking to find a Medicare prescription drug or managed care plan for 2020.

Open enrollment begins Tuesday for older and disabled adults who want to shop for the Medicare Advantage managed-care plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. They are available for everyone covered by Medicare, the ...Read more

Florida resident, an 'icon of African American legacy' celebrates her 100th birthday

Idella Simmons Harris Connaway stood up from her makeshift throne and raised her arms.

A crowd of more than 50 roared. Those who affectionately refer to Connaway as "Ms. Ida" had plenty to celebrate at the West Jupiter Recreation Center in Jupiter, Fla., It was her 100th birthday.

Friends, family and local dignitaries - Rep. Brian ...Read more

101-year-old crosses finish line at Ohio State 4 Miler

When she reached the north end zone inside Ohio Stadium, Lois "Marge" Stroebel rose from her wheelchair, shed the sleeping bag she'd been bundled into like the stuffings of a burrito, and, powered by her own determination, headed straight for the 50-yard line.

Now, she wasn't exactly bee-lining toward the big "O" at the ...Read more

UCSD study finds tailoring tests to women improves early diagnosis of memory loss

SAN DIEGO - Women represent two-thirds of Alzheimer's disease patients, according to the Alzheimer's Association, but when it comes to the diagnosis of early forms of memory loss, their symptoms are less likely to be detected than in male patients.

Researchers at UC San Diego, however, may have found the key to better detecting early memory ...Read more

Social Security and You: Clearing Up More Myths and Misunderstandings

I pointed out in last week's column that there are hundreds of myths and rumors being spread -- mostly on the internet -- about Social Security. Half of them deal with the politics and financing of Social Security. I covered some of those in recent columns. But there are also a multitude of myths about Social Security programs and how they work....Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Fall getaway to Equinox Resort: Leaves, Lincoln, and local finds

MANCHESTER, Vt. - On streets paved with marble, set before a village green and against a backdrop of burnish-leafed trees, the Equinox Luxury Collection Golf Resort and Spa welcomes leaf peepers to experience autumn in New England. Located within the Green Mountains in Manchester Village, Vt., the resort takes its name from the tallest peak in ...Read more

Susan Tompor: Scammers are fooling millennials out of millions of dollars: Here's how

Stefanie Rinna, 26, initially was pretty happy to get a text from a prospective employer who said she spotted the young woman's information on the job site So Rinna jumped on the chance in September to do an interview via Google Hangouts.

The interviewer for the food packaging company seemed to want to fill a real job.

"At first, ...Read more

Social Security: Beware of false Social Security or Medicare advertisements

Scammers have become more aggressive and sophisticated in the digital age. With millions of people relying on Social Security and Medicare, scammers target audiences who are looking for legitimate program and benefit information. Scammers sometimes try to scare people into giving out their personal information. Never give someone who called you...Read more

Car Rip-Offs

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: My car is now 10 years old and has an occasional problem but mostly suits my needs. I've had to bring it in for repairs a few times, but my mileage isn't as high as you'd expect from a car so old.

I recently had my car towed to the dealership after having some problems with the engine. The dealership quoted me for an expensive repair and ...Read more

Social Security and You: Social Security Program Myths

I could write a book called "The Top 100 Social Security Myths." And that book would be divided into two main sections: 50 political myths and 50 program myths.

The political myths deal mostly with the history and financing of Social Security. Many people, usually with an ax to grind or a chip on their shoulder, publish very biased screeds on ...Read more

Social Security: Your earnings record is both your financial history and your financial future

Social Security is an earned benefit. Your earnings history is a record of your progress toward your benefits. Social Security keeps track of your earnings so we can pay you the benefits you've earned over your lifetime. This is why reviewing your Social Security earnings record is so important.

If an employer didn't properly report just one ...Read more

Outstanding Debts

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: Last year, my wife had some serious medical problems that put her in the hospital. I'm grateful every day that she has recovered, but we now have a lot of unexpected credit card debt. Our mailbox and voicemail are being hounded by debt collectors.

I was really looking forward to retirement in the near future, but now I don't know if it's a...Read more

Social Security and You: Seniors Seek Help for Their 'Kids'

I wrote about this phenomenon about a year ago. And it never ceases to amaze me. I'm referring to the emails I get from readers who are asking Social Security-related questions on behalf of their children. And when I say "children," I don't mean little tykes who are still wet behind the ears. I'm talking about children who wear hearing aids and ...Read more

Bathroom Retrofit

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: My mother had a fall in the bathroom a few weeks ago and ended up with a minor concussion. After a short hospital visit, we ended up hosting her at our house to keep an eye on her. Now that she's back home, I find myself worried about it happening again.

I volunteered myself to modify her bathroom to avoid another incident. We were lucky ...Read more

Susan Tompor: How retirees can check if they're having enough taxes withheld

If you're retired or soon to retire, one big thing you'll need to ask is: Am I going to be socked with a huge income tax bill come April?

"During the first year or two of retirement, it's a big transition tax wise," said George W. Smith, a certified public accountant with his own firm in Southfield.

"It's a whole new tax reporting ballgame for...Read more

Social Security: Information for educators

It typically takes people a lifetime of planning to reach their retirement goals. The earlier young workers know about saving for their future, the better chance they'll have at achieving a comfortable retirement. This is why Social Security has created a resource specifically for teachers and students.

Our Information for Educators page ...Read more