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Social Security: Honoring and supporting military members

Every year, on Memorial Day, the nation honors service members who have given their lives for our freedom. Social Security acknowledges the sacrifice of our military's service members, and we honor these heroes and their families who may need help through the benefits we provide.

Widows, widowers, and their dependent children may be eligible ...Read more

How to find and use new federal ratings for rehab services at nursing homes

For the first time, the federal government is shining a spotlight on the quality of rehabilitation care at nursing homes - services used by nearly 2 million older adults each year.

Medicare's Nursing Home Compare website now includes a "star rating" (a composite measure of quality) for rehab services - skilled nursing care and ...Read more

Hard to Swallow

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I came down with a serious case of pneumonia two years ago and, thankfully, got better. Unfortunately, my doctor found out that one of the reasons behind my sickness was my problem with swallowing.

In the last few years, I've been struggling to get food down and have turned away from eating. Mealtimes take forever, and I often find myself ...Read more

Boomer U: Sailing harmony for Spokane music teachers

Sailing off into the sunset isn't just a phrase for longtime Spokane music teachers Kent and Kathy Meredith.

After retiring from Spokane-area school districts, the couple sold their Long Lake home of 27 years and most of their belongings to buy a 42-foot Lagoon catamaran in late 2018. They now live full time on that boat, dubbed WindEnsemble, ...Read more

After a lifetime of learning, Atlanta woman earns college degree at 93

Joyce Lowenstein had an unconventional, yet remarkable, path to receiving her bachelor's degree from Georgia State University.

Her pursuit began in 1943. It was interrupted for nearly 70 years with being a wife, a mother, spoiling her great-grandchildren and working as an antiques dealer and interior designer.

In 2012, Lowenstein felt she ...Read more

At 77, rock hero David Crosby is busy making new music: 'I don't have a lot of time'

David Crosby doesn't dodge questions.

Whether it's an interview, a tweet or his new advice column for Rolling Stone, the mouthy rock star speaks his truth. There's no sugarcoating or spin control. From his mouth to your ears.

What will it take for Crosby, Stills & Nash - and possibly Young - to get back together?

"I don't think that...Read more

Social Security and You: The Official Social Security Maximizing Column

OK, it's official. I'm going to call this column, "How to maximize your Social Security benefits" and spend the rest of my life answering questions about that issue. I'd guess that 80% of the emailed questions I've been getting lately come from readers who are confused about the strategy called "file and restrict." In a nutshell, that procedure ...Read more

Best Buy extends reach into booming health care market with GreatCall

CARLSBAD, Calif. - The man at the other end of the phone line was confused. But Daina Blackmon, with the same certification as a 911 dispatcher, calmly probed for signs of trouble.

On her screen she could see basic details - name, age, location, and whether he had had a recent history of falling or other medical emergencies. It quickly became ...Read more

This common painkiller could cause bleeding in the skull, study says

Do you take aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes? It could lead to bleeding in the skull, according to a new report.

Researchers from health institutions in Taiwan and California recently conducted a study, published in JAMA Neurology, to determine the association between low-dose aspirin and bleeding in the skull.

To do so, they ...Read more

As millennials reject family treasures, baby boomers start to ask, 'What do we do with all this stuff?'

Every time I enter the blue-tiled bathroom off the back door of my home I think about my mom, my millennial offspring and the overflowing shelves at the local Goodwill.

In that bathroom, displayed next to the outdated mahogany vanity, is a wall hanging featuring shocks of wheat in black silhouette - a not-inexpensive piece of art my sister and...Read more

Social Security: Traveling? You can still access Social Security online resources

Now that the weather is beginning to warm, you might be planning a vacation or trip. Social Security is here for you when you're traveling, whether it's just a state away or when you're overseas.

Our online services page directs you to a wide variety of useful links at www.socialsecurity....Read more

Thinning Hair

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I've always been proud of my hair, even as it started to turn gray with age. Other women always compliment me on how great it looks.

Now, I'm feeling like my healthy mane has abandoned me. My hair is thinner, and I'm self-conscious about it looking stringy or my scalp showing through.

What can I do to make it look better?

A: Learn how to...Read more

Social Security and You: I've Been Working on the Railroad

Q: My husband and I live in Utah. We went to file for our Social Security benefits last week. And we were shocked to learn that his claim must be processed by some railroad board. Why? The work he did for the railroad was more than 30 years ago!

A: I can explain. But frankly, I can't quite understand it. Recently, I wrote a column in which I ...Read more

Social Security helps people like you

Part of what makes our nation unique is our diversity. Social Security touches the lives of nearly all Americans; so, we're accustomed to serving a diverse population. Online, our People Like Me pages help inform the many different people we help. From people with disabilities to students and military veterans - Social Security is here for you....Read more

Home Repair Value

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: My husband and I are looking forward to moving into a wonderful retirement community, which will put us closer to our children. In order to buy a home there, we're looking to sell our longtime family home for a reasonable price.

A major problem is that we haven't done work on the house for a long time. The decor is outdated, and many ...Read more

In 10 years, half of middle-income elders won't be able to afford housing, medical care

In 10 years, more than half of middle-income Americans age 75 or older will not be able to afford to pay for yearly assisted living rent or medical expenses, according to a study published recently in Health Affairs.

The researchers used demographic and income data to project estimates of a portion of the senior population, those who will be ...Read more

Social Security and You: Gloom, But No Doom, for Social Security

In the spring each year, flowers and trees bloom. And so do gloom and doom stories about the future of Social Security. And that's because in April of each year, the Social Security board of trustees is required to issue a report on the status of the Social Security trust funds. (They also issue a status report on Medicare. But this is a column ...Read more

Social Security: More tips for what you can do online

Recently, we featured how you can replace a lost or stolen Social Security card, get a copy of your 1099 (SSA-1099), and check the status of your Social Security benefit application or claim. Here we share three more advantages.

If you already receive Social Security benefits, you can set up or change direct deposit information online with a ...Read more

Researchers seek sage advice of elders on aging issues

CHICAGO - Rachel O'Conor booted up her slides and began posing questions to six older adults sitting around a table: How should primary care physicians support patients and caregivers after a diagnosis of dementia? And what stands in the way of getting adequate support?

"Please speak louder and go slower," suggested Susanne Smith, a ...Read more

Snap Reactions

Senior Living / Dear Doug /

Q: I was at a party in my retirement community a few weeks ago and ended up shooting my mouth off.

The topic of politics came up, and my neighbors and I are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. We've never had an argument like this before, but I found myself reacting to topics instead of thinking about them.

My neighbors are well-off...Read more