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Social Security and You: Mom and Pop Businesses and Social Security

More than a few husbands and wives are involved in some kind of mom and pop business. And over the years, I've learned that many of those moms get the short end of the stick when it comes to Social Security. Or more specifically, to the assignment of earnings from the business to Social Security records.

I don't have any statistics to back this...Read more

Older COVID patients battle 'brain fog,' weakness and emotional turmoil

"Lord, give me back my memory."

For months, as Marilyn Walters has struggled to recover from COVID-19, she has repeated this prayer day and night.

Like other older adults who've become critically ill from the coronavirus, Walters, 65, describes what she calls "brain fog" — difficulty putting thoughts together, problems ...Read more

Ancianos con COVID luchan contra la 'niebla mental', la debilidad y la confusión emocional

"Señor, devuélveme la memoria".

Durante meses, mientras Marilyn Walters luchaba por recuperarse del COVID-19, repitió esta oración día y noche.

Al igual que otros adultos mayores que han enfermado gravemente por el coronavirus, Walters, de 65 años, describe lo que ella llama "niebla cerebral": dificultad para enlazar...Read more

Social Security and You: Less for Others and More for Me

I get hundreds of letters from my readers every week. And from them, I can glean a lot of insight into some facets of the American character. One thing I've learned over the years is that many Americans claim they want smaller government and fewer benefits from that government. But when I read their letters, what they are really saying is this: ...Read more

After a lifetime of hunting mushrooms, woman has a species named for her

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connie Borodenko has spent a lifetime hunting for mushroom treasures and now has the privilege of having a rare species named for her.

"I think, but I'm not positive, that I found it at Salmon River State Forest," Borodenko said of the find that led to a mushroom in her name. The forest, located in Colchester, Conn....Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Explore these cemeteries and their secrets

"Show me your cemeteries and I will tell you what kind of people you have."

- Benjamin Franklin

For some secrets, even being buried beneath six feet of earth isn't enough to keep them hidden away forever. For others, their gravestones and gravesites spawn years of conjecture and theories. Unearth the mysteries at these cemeteries:...Read more

At 100, scratchboarding artist keeps his hands busy

MINNEAPOLIS - Glenn Pettit's hands have never stopped working. Active and dexterous, they've been finding interesting things to do for more than 100 years.

"I've always worked with these things," he said, waving his hands up and down.

As a boy, Pettit wielded tools given him by his dentist father to take all kinds of things apart - ...Read more

Ms. Rena shares her secrets to living to 100 in the age of coronavirus

PHILADELPHIA - The rain came down in near-Biblical proportions the afternoon of Sept. 29, but that wasn't about to deter the St. Martin-in-the-Fields congregation members and other well-wishers from parading their way to the Germantown porch of the day's much-loved honoree:

The irrepressible, indomitable Rena Graves, who turned 100 years young...Read more

Nonprofit links people in need with benefits they don't even know they deserve

PHILADELPHIA - Unable to work because she's hobbled by lupus and arthritis, Robin Gentry suffered silently in South Philadelphia, living on a Social Security disability check that never seemed to stretch 31 days.

Gentry, 59, is separated and lives with two of her five adult children. Gentrification in her up-and-coming neighborhood is causing ...Read more

A clerk took her off the voter rolls. How a 95-year-old NC woman got her vote back

DURHAM, N.C. - At 95, Virginia Jones prides herself on 70-plus years of voting. As far as she recalls, she's never missed an election - at least not since she moved back to Durham in 1998.

So she bristled at the letter from the Durham County Board of Elections, denying her application for a mail-in ballot. According to its records, she was not...Read more

Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/TNS

After a lifetime of hunting mushrooms, woman has a species named for her

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connie Borodenko has spent a lifetime hunting for mushroom treasures and now has the privilege of having a rare species named for her.

"I think, but I'm not positive, that I found it at Salmon River State Forest," Borodenko said of the find that led to a mushroom in her name. The forest, located in Colchester, Conn., is a ...Read more

Court reverses 1960 ruling that allowed cemetery to discriminate against a Black family

SEATTLE - As the Washington state Supreme Court struck down Tim Eyman's voter-approved initiative to cut car-tab taxes on Thursday, it also did something else, seemingly completely unrelated: It overruled another Supreme Court decision, one from 1960, that had allowed cemeteries to discriminate on the basis of race.

It was, in part, a symbolic...Read more

Esta jubilada hizo casi 8,000 tapabocas para la comunidad desde abril, y aún sigue

Jane Allely tiene miles de razones por las que el polvo se acumula en los estantes de su sala de estar. Allely dice que se retiró a principios de año con planes de quedarse en casa y limpiar, pero eso fue antes del COVID-19. En cambio, ahora pasa el tiempo haciendo tapabocas.

Allely y su prima Nancy Whitham han hecho más de siete mil 784 ...Read more

Social Security and You: Identity Theft and Social Security

Q: My purse was stolen, and now I worry that someone might be using my Social Security number. I called the Social Security office and was told to contact credit-reporting agencies and possibly the police. And they gave me some website to look up. It seems to me they should have done more. Can't they just cancel my old number and give me a new ...Read more

This retiree has made nearly 8,000 masks for community members since April, and she's still going

Jane Allely has thousands of reasons why dust is gathering on her living room shelves. Allely says she retired earlier this year with plans to stay home and clean, but that was before COVID-19. Instead, her time is now spent making masks.

Allely and her cousin Nancy Whitham have made more than 7,784 masks since April.

"It's my new ...Read more

Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant/TNS

This retiree has made nearly 8,000 masks for community members since April, and she's still going

Jane Allely has thousands of reasons why dust is gathering on her living room shelves. Allely says she retired earlier this year with plans to stay home and clean, but that was before COVID-19. Instead, her time is now spent making masks.

Allely and her cousin Nancy Whitham have made more than 7,784 masks since April.

"It's my new mission in ...Read more

Lifetime experiences help older adults build resilience to pandemic trauma

Older adults are especially vulnerable physically during the coronavirus pandemic. But they're also notably resilient psychologically, calling upon a lifetime of experience and perspective to help them through difficult times.

New research calls attention to this little-remarked-upon resilience as well as significant challenges for older ...Read more

Lifetime experiences help older adults build resilience to pandemic trauma

Older adults are especially vulnerable physically during the coronavirus pandemic. But they're also notably resilient psychologically, calling upon a lifetime of experience and perspective to help them through difficult times.

New research calls attention to this little-remarked-upon resilience as well as significant challenges for older adults...Read more

Jack Dolan/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Pandemic erects barriers for prized bloc of voters in nursing homes, senior facilities

The convergence of the coronavirus pandemic and election season has complicated this year's voting for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care centers.

Many seniors who need help to get or fill out their ballots may be stymied by shifting rules about family visits. Voting procedures - whether in person or...Read more

Social Security and You: Paper Social Security Checks Still Out There

President Donald Trump's ongoing battle with the U.S. Postal Service and its funding has a small fraction of elderly Social Security recipients worried that there may be future disruptions to the delivery of their Social Security checks.

"Wait a minute!" I can hear many of you saying. "What do you mean by 'delivery' of their checks. Doesn't ...Read more