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Social Security and You: The 3 Rules About Social Security Checks Everyone Should Know

There are some basic facts about when and how Social Security checks are due and delivered that confuse many people. To help you understand, here are three rules about getting Social Security checks that everyone needs to know.

No. 1: Social Security benefits are paid one month behind. In other words, the benefit payment for May will be sent to...Read more

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‘I can breathe again’: Older adults begin to test freedom after COVID vaccinations

With a mix of relief and caution, older adults fully vaccinated against covid-19 are moving out into the world and resuming activities put on hold during the pandemic.

Many are making plans to see adult children and hug grandchildren they haven’t visited for months — or longer. Others are getting together with friends indoors, for the first...Read more

Social Security and You: The Good Old Days of Social Security

I've been writing a book for years now. It's not going to be a bestseller, and it only has to do with Social Security in a peripheral way. It's a history of my life, my wife's life and our lives together (about 47 years so far). I'm writing this collection of stories for my children and grandchildren and for their children and grandchildren. ...Read more

Social Security and You: Social Security Disability - The Program Everyone Loves To Hate

I was heading into a local grocery store the other day, and I noticed a few people gathered around a car parked in one of the spots reserved for people with disabilities. I heard someone yelling. As I got closer to the car, I saw an old guy ranting and raving at the driver of the car, a woman maybe in her mid-40s. There was a younger man in the ...Read more

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Grass-roots groups are helping the homebound get vaccines. They're racing against the clock

LOS ANGELES – A quick jab, and the gates of freedom opened.

"You mean I can actually go out?" said Lillian "Lili" Shaw, not just a little awestruck, after getting the COVID-19 vaccine in the dining room of her Glendale home. "I've been stuck for a year in this prison."

Frail from advanced age and severe arthritis, among other ailments, Shaw ...Read more

Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Grass-roots groups are helping the homebound get vaccines. They're racing against the clock

LOS ANGELES – A quick jab, and the gates of freedom opened.

"You mean I can actually go out?" said Lillian "Lili" Shaw, not just a little awestruck, after getting the COVID-19 vaccine in the dining room of her Glendale home. "I've been stuck for a year in this prison."

Frail from advanced age and severe arthritis, among other ailments, Shaw ...Read more

Sam Hodgson/The San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS

In isolation, finding comfort in small things

SAN DIEGO – Seven hundred square feet. That has been Joan Schomburg's orbit for the last year as the pandemic, little by little, vanquished the few indulgences the 87-year-old San Diego woman used to enjoy.

Confined largely to her one-bedroom upstairs apartment with no husband, no children, no siblings to break the tedium of her largely ...Read more

Sam Hodgson/The San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS

In isolation, finding comfort in small things

SAN DIEGO – Seven hundred square feet. That has been Joan Schomburg's orbit for the last year as the pandemic, little by little, vanquished the few indulgences the 87-year-old San Diego woman used to enjoy.

Confined largely to her one-bedroom upstairs apartment with no husband, no children, no siblings to break the tedium of her largely ...Read more

Social Security and You: I Don't Get the Allure of Retroactive Benefits

I just don't get people's fascination with the idea of getting retroactive retirement benefits from Social Security. I can understand that, on the surface, the idea of getting a big retroactive check from the government might sound like a financial windfall. But when you think it through, or at least when I think it through, it just doesn't make...Read more

Social Security and You: You Are Not Getting SSI. You Are Getting Social Security!

You Are Not Getting SSI. You Are Getting Social Security!

Every single day, I get emails from readers that say things like this: "My wife and I are getting SSI. And we would like to ask you some questions." Or this: "My SSI check is $2,140 per month. My wife's SSI check is $1,800. Can she get any of my SSI?"

You know the uncomfortable feeling ...Read more

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What’s it like to be 64 in the age of COVID-19?

Vaccinations are underway, but the magic number to become vaccinated is age 65.

This is the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman said eligibility for the next phase, 1c, is still being decided. But right now in Illinois, people 65 and older are eligible to be ...Read more

CHARLES FOX/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

Pickleball: A sport with a lot of juice

PHILADELPHIA – If you overlook its pointlessly peculiar name and the fact that it’s played with a modified Wiffle ball and a gigantic ping-pong paddle, you just might enjoy pickleball.

That is what millions of Americans have discovered. In the last three years, according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, the racket game, ...Read more

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Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Original covered bridges, outdoor art gallery part of superlative attractions in southern Ohio

With its pretty, shop-friendly downtown, chummy pubs and art pieces popping up around every corner, Lancaster, Ohio is all small-town sass and charm – the quintessential Midwest town tucked away in Fairfield County in the south-central part of the state. And despite its supersized attractions, it is quite possibly the region’s best-kept ...Read more

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'I can't hug people.' From visitations to meals, funeral rites still muted by COVID

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Mother Laura Frances Washington Ashe had been called home, as they say.

Sprays of white, pink and red flowers flanked her white casket and filled the space in front of the altar at the Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Columbia.

Ministers who Mother Ashe had worked with and friends she knew for decades spoke, as...Read more

ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS

Some seniors are ‘at their wit’s ends’ trying to get coronavirus vaccines

PHILADELPHIA – For six weeks, retired teacher Ellen Barrett, 77, said she felt like she had a full-time job: searching for a coronavirus vaccine.

She contacted Montgomery County. She thought she secured appointments at Montgomery County Community College, she said, and with St. Luke’s health system in Bethlehem, only to later be notified ...Read more

BOYZELL HOSEY/Tampa Bay Times/Tampa Bay Times/TNS

For medically vulnerable, vaccine brings relief after search for access

TAMPA, Fla. – One by one, members of the Hubner household were vaccinated — except for the one who needed it most.

Linda Hubner, 70, received the Pfizer vaccine six weeks ago and a family friend that lives with her received the Moderna vaccine three weeks ago. They qualified because of their age. But Hubner struggled to find an appointment ...Read more

Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS

What's it like to be 64 in the age of COVID-19?

Vaccinations are underway, but the magic number to become vaccinated is age 65.

This is the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman said eligibility for the next phase, 1c, is still being decided. But right now in Illinois, people 65 and older are eligible to be ...Read more

Monica Sakala/TNS

Meet the retired nurse who could give COVID shots but couldn’t get one

Martha Gallagher, a 75-year-old retired school nurse, wanted to volunteer for the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

She knew Delaware might need more vaccinators and thought, “Why not do something to help get the vaccine out?” Plus, Gallagher figured, it would be a good way for her to get vaccinated, too.

When...Read more

Monica Sakala/TNS

Meet the retired nurse who could give COVID shots but couldn't get one

Martha Gallagher, a 75-year-old retired school nurse, wanted to volunteer for the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

She knew Delaware might need more vaccinators and thought, “Why not do something to help get the vaccine out?” Plus, Gallagher figured, it would be a good way for her to get vaccinated, too.

When...Read more

Social Security and You: Social Security -- It's Not Rocket Science

I am constantly hearing from readers who comment on the perceived complexities of Social Security laws. They liken the program to something just shy of rocket science or brain surgery. And they marvel that I can keep up with "all the changing and complex rules and regulations."

Well, I am no rocket scientist. Nor am I a brain surgeon. Not even ...Read more