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Social Security: How Social Security defines disability

Disability affects millions of Americans, in one form or another. Social Security is here to help you and your family, but there are strict criteria for meeting the definition of disability. The definition of disability under Social Security is also different than it is for other programs. We do not pay benefits for partial or short-term ...Read more

Social Security and You: Don't Get Hung Up About Maximizing Your Social Security

Q: I am a single woman who is going to be 70 on Nov. 10, 2018. I have been waiting until I turn 70 to collect my Social Security because so many people have told me that's how I will get the maximum Social Security benefit. I am trying to fill out my application online and am confused. It is giving me options when to start. It said I could start...Read more

Earwax, of all things, poses unrecognized risk in long-term care

Of all the indignities that come with aging, excessive earwax may be the most insidious.

Don't laugh.

That greasy, often gross, buildup occurs more often in older ears than those of the young, experts say. And when it goes unrecognized, it can pose serious problems, especially for the 2.2 million people who live in U.S. nursing homes and ...Read more

Social Security: You'll feel like you're on vacation with how easy this is

August might be the last of the months that people think of when we say "summer vacation," but it's by no means the least. People are still taking trips and hosting family while enjoying America's beaches and national parks. Social Security might not be on the top of your to-do list when you're on vacation, but we've made it so easy ...Read more

Social Security and You: Don't Listen to Your Friends About Social Security

I get dozens of emails each week from people who are getting advice from friends and neighbors about Social Security. And so often, what they hear from these probably well-intentioned folks is wrong. I've saved up some examples and will share them with you today.

Q: I took my Social Security at 62 and so did my husband. We are now in our early ...Read more

Social Security: If you are young and lose a parent

Social Security is here for young people when a parent passes away. We know that the loss of a parent isn't just emotionally painful; it can be devastating to a family's finances. In the same way that Social Security helps to lift up the disabled and elderly when they need it, we support families when an income-earning parent dies.

In 2017, we...Read more

Social Security and You: Date of Birth Issues

There are several key factors that make you eligible for Social Security benefits and help determine the amount of money you are due. One of the most important is your date of birth. Because you have to be a precise age to qualify for retirement benefits (e.g., 66 for full benefits or 62 for reduced benefits), you have to prove your date of ...Read more

Social Security: We know what matters — it's you

We named our blog Social Security Matters for a few reasons. Yes, we matter to millions of people. And the matters we write about - from policy changes to new programs - from online my Social Security features to popular baby names - are topics that affect you in one way or another.

Our blogs provide a lot of information about our programs and...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: New Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail brings foodies 'The Year of Kentucky Food'

Nearly 20 years before Kentucky achieved statehood in 1792, one of its earliest explorers, Captain James Harrod, and his expedition party may have rustled up the earliest recipe for one of the state's most beloved dishes: burgoo.

At the fort they had just built in what is now Harrodsburg (the oldest permanent settlement west of the Allegheny ...Read more

55 Plus: How to find a job at any age

It's a common story for folks who have spent most of their adult life working in lower-paying jobs and are now middle age or seniors; people who don't have a pension and didn't established a consistent savings program for retirement. When they age to the point where Social Security becomes available, they leave their job in order to live on ...Read more

Women redefining retirement

Sometime in 2009, Rhoda Margolis was sitting at her desk, working on a retirement program when up popped an invitation to a webinar on the same subject.

She logged on.

By then Margolis, who celebrated her 73rd birthday recently, had been contemplating what her own life might look like after retirement. Without a job, what would give it meaning...Read more

Boomer U: Plugging in socially boosts well-being

Ron Schoenberger has plugged into a network each week for 50 years.

Since joining Rotary in 1968, the 83-year-old Spokane resident never missed a weekly group meeting. Club members recently honored his milestone.

Based on research, Schoenberger's regular social connections likely boosted his physical and psychological well-being, buffering ...Read more

Dating Coach: 5 tips for avoiding the heartbreak from ghosting

According to Urban Dictionary, the definition of Ghosting is ... "The act of suddenly ceasing all communication with someone the subject is dating, but no longer wishes to date."

A real life definition is ... you and I meet, we have amazing chemistry, we hang out, have awesome sex, I bond to you and you disappear ultimately breaking ...Read more

Painful sex? New treatment for menopausal women on its way to pharmacies

BOCA RATON, Fla. - For menopausal women who experience painful sex, a new treatment is on its way to pharmacies.

Boca Raton-based TherapeuticsMD began distributing its new product, Imvexxy, to stores recently. It will be available at all major retailers such as CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as small pharmacies.

TherapeuticsMD, which is ...Read more

Mechanical cats and dogs make great pets for dementia patients

Helen is enamored with furry little Bonita, who purrs, meows and stretches out in Helen's arms.

"It's OK, it's OK," cooed the 84-year-old patient at the Alzheimer's Community Care organization's Specialized Adult Day Care Center in Boca Raton, as Bonita rolled on her back for a belly rub. "You're a pretty girl. Yes, you are. Are ...Read more

Baltimore's homeless veterans get their own free barber shop

For years, a typical haircut at the Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training was delivered simply and with no frills. The barber, a resident veteran skilled with a pair of clippers, often improvised, using a chair in the middle of a hallway.

But on a recent Monday at Jonestown's 24-hour residential housing and training facility for ...Read more

Social Security and You: Peculiar Divorces Lead to Peculiar Social Security Scenarios

Q: My husband and I got married 30 years ago. About 25 years ago, we got a divorce. But a year and a half later, almost on a whim, we got remarried. But we never got any kind of papers from the minister who remarried us. Frankly, I'm not really sure he was an actual minister. Is this going to be a problem now that we are about to turn 62 and ...Read more

After years of illness, hardships and homelessness, the McCues finally have a place to call home

They arrived early, eagerly awaiting something that had eluded them for years: keys to a home of their own.

Carla McCue and her husband, Lawrence - a 75-year-old Marine Corps veteran - lived for years first in a motor home and then in their beat-up Jeep Grand Cherokee. Their story, like so many other homeless veterans and homeless senior ...Read more

Social Security: Working while disabled — Social Security can help

While it may be best known for retirement, Social Security is also here to help you get back to work if you are disabled. For millions of people, work isn't just a source of income, it's a vital part of who they are - it gives them purpose and pride - it's a connection to community. If you're getting Social Security disability benefits, we have...Read more

No gaps in understanding: Here's your primer on Medigap Coverage

Every year, older adults can opt out of a Medicare Advantage plan and opt in to original Medicare during open enrollment season, which begins on Oct. 15. But unexpected problems can arise with this change. Notably, seniors who want to return to original Medicare might not be able to purchase Medicare supplemental insurance, also known as ...Read more


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