About once every two years or so, I write a column about Social Security's infamous "notch baby" issue. And each time, I think it will be my last such column because these so-called babies are actually now centenarians or darn near it -- and frankly, there just aren't many of them around anymore. But if some recent emails I've received are any ...Read more
More women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation's history. Yet, on average, women face greater economic challenges than men in retirement.
Nearly 55% of the people receiving Social Security benefits are women. Women generally live longer than men while often ...Read more
Q: It's getting harder and harder for our family to talk to my dad. He's in his early 90s and still up and moving, but he's no longer on top of it.
Our main problem is that he doesn't make sense. He starts talking about topics without any introduction, so we spend several minutes in confusion. He also doesn't seem to listen to our responses ...Read more
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the fact that the new commissioner of Social Security, a guy named Andrew Saul, has promised to improve the service people get when they call the Social Security Administration 800 number or visit a local Social Security office. I said I hoped he would be true to his word and wasn't just blowing a lot of ...Read more
Many people working nowadays have more than one job. This means they have several sources of income. It's important to keep in mind that having multiple sources of income can sometimes affect your Social Security benefits; but, it depends on the source.
Disability payments from private sources, such as private pensions or insurance benefits, ...Read more
Q: My health is getting worse, and I've made the decision to stop drinking. Alcohol has been making me feel awful, and it's no longer worth it. It interacts badly with my medication and makes me feel ill for several days.
I've been seeing a woman in my retirement complex for about a year, and she's a heavy drinker. She doesn't seem to have ...Read more
Just out of curiosity, I wanted to find out what the most common questions readers have been asking lately were. I was pretty sure I knew, and a quick check of my emails from the past month verified what I thought. By far, the most questions came from women who think they should be getting higher benefits on a husband's account. Here are some ...Read more
Q: I've never gotten along with my brother-in-law, which makes family gatherings very awkward. It's especially strange, as I usually can get along with just about anyone.
No matter what I say, he finds reasons to correct me. His corrections are usually minor and sometimes completely wrong. It seems like he's compelled to have the last word.
I ...Read more
Time is one of our most valuable commodities. That's why at Social Security, we are constantly improving our online resources to make doing business with us easier and faster.
With a my Social Security account, those receiving benefits can change their address and direct deposit information; get proof of their benefits; and request replacement...Read more
Let the most wonderful time of year inspire a visit to tinsel towns that really know how to deck their halls. Here are six:
- Cleveland, Ohio - home of the triple dog dare
Pay a holiday call on Ralphie and Randy Parker's home, where "the soft glow of electric sex" - aka the infamous leg lamp - shines in the front parlor window.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Jai Gopal Khalsa's yoga teachings include terms more apt to be heard in a science class - "technology," "quantum physics," "white hole."
But this is kundalini yoga, and the Los Angeles-based instructor thinks the lessons of kundalini are important enough that he has been traveling to Portsmouth ...Read more
Spokane artist Lesa Delisi has found renewed success with her paintings of animals and wildlife. But Delisi, 58, isn't alone in her art-rich family. Two sisters and two brothers are artists, joining their father Oleg Stavrowsky, 92, who still paints and is famous among collectors of his Western art.
Those two sisters - Mary Luttrell and Rachel...Read more
This story of love started 101 years ago. That's when Ruthie Squire was born.
It is the love of one creation of God for other living things, specifically green things.
"It was inborn in me," said Ruthie, a master gardener emeritus who lives in the Eustis home she and her husband built nearly 70 years ago, surrounded by the plants ...Read more
ESCONDIDO, Calif. - When 95-year-old Opal Hagerty showed up for her horse-drawn carriage ride in Temecula, she was nattily dressed in a fringed suede jacket and a cowboy hat.
For much of the Escondido cowgirl's life, horseback riding had been a hobby and a passion. But age and health issues forced Hagerty and her late husband, Donald Gale ...Read more
We are fast approaching the time of year when such respiratory viruses as influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and 100 varieties of cold-causing rhinovirus come out to party - just as we do.
If it seems as if everybody you know is coughing and sneezing or moaning about flu aches after Thanksgiving and Christmas, you're not imagining ...Read more
I am going to give you a series of names. I would give any reader a hundred bucks if he or she could tell me who these people are and what they all have in common. Here are the names: Stanford Ross. William Driver. John Svahn. Martha McSteen. Dorcas Hardy. Gwendolyn King. Shirley Chater. Kenneth Apfel. Michael Astrue.
So, who are they? They are...Read more
Children are our future - we share our knowledge and talent with them - we pass on our values to them knowing they will share those gifts. Social Security safeguards children all year long, but we'd like to take this opportunity to share information about our programs that provide direct support to children.
The latest information available ...Read more
Q: One of my oldest friends just had a stroke and isn't doing well. She lives alone and didn't have anyone to catch the warning signs. As a result, the stroke ended up being much worse than it could have been.
My husband is at risk for a stroke of his own because he has high blood pressure and is diabetic.
What should I watch out for at home? ...Read more
Even after writing several recent columns about the issue, I still get many emails from readers confused about which date to choose as the starting date for their Social Security retirement benefits.
The confusion essentially centers around the fact that Social Security checks are paid one month behind. For example, the Social Security payment ...Read more
Marriage is a tradition that exists on every continent and in nearly every country. Having a partner not only means creating a family unit, it means sharing things like a home and other property. Understanding how your future retirement might affect your spouse is important. When you're planning for your retirement, here are a few things to ...Read more