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Social Security: Your earnings record is both your financial history and your financial future

Social Security is an earned benefit. Your earnings history is a record of your progress toward your benefits. Social Security keeps track of your earnings so we can pay you the benefits you've earned over your lifetime. This is why reviewing your Social Security earnings record is so important.

If an employer didn't properly report just one ...Read more

Social Security: Information for educators

It typically takes people a lifetime of planning to reach their retirement goals. The earlier young workers know about saving for their future, the better chance they'll have at achieving a comfortable retirement. This is why Social Security has created a resource specifically for teachers and students.

Our Information for Educators page ...Read more

Advocates see discrimination against older workers, the fastest-growing group in the labor force

HARTFORD, Conn. - Mark Kirschblum, an application developer and quality assurance tester, suddenly found himself out of work after an 18-year-run at a company that had been sold.

Shortly before his job ended, his task was to transfer to the new company's computer system data about customers and the products and services they purchased. When ...Read more

Social Security: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American. Hispanics make up our nation's largest ethnic minority group with a population of 58.9 million, representing 18.1% of the nation's total population.

We work hard to deliver great customer service and easy-to-access information about our important programs and the benefits we provide ...Read more

He's 104, plays pool, swims, fought in World War II. Fred Gomez has advice for us

Fred Gomez traded a walking cane for his favorite pool cue after blowing out the candles on a 104th birthday sheet cake. It now was time to break a rack of eight in the billiard cove they named after him when he turned 102. Fred is hard of hearing and nearly blind. But he shoots pool like a killer. And he plays it twice a week in Doylestown, Pa...Read more

Boomer U: For NATIVE Project's Toni Lodge, her work is about creating community

SPOKANE, Wash. - Seconds into a conversation, Toni Lodge taps into humor. She's a natural storyteller, too.

But other clues about Lodge soon surface, such as her tenacity and passion for community when talking about the past 30 years of her work in Spokane.

Lodge, 63, is CEO of the NATIVE Project on West Maxwell Avenue in the West Central ...Read more

Exercise instructor redefines fitness for seniors

In one of his average workout classes, Curtis Adams will lead his group through a series of exercises, including jogging, jackknives and cardio boxing. But the participants may not fit the typical image people have of those who work out. His class at Pacifica Senior Living Forest Trace in Lauderhill includes seniors in their 70s, 80s and 90s.

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Villages resident, 88, honored for efforts to assist people in long-term care: 'I'll do it as long as I can'

THE VILLAGES, Fla. - Most people slow down when they reach their 70s or 80s.

Frank Charles isn't one of them.

For roughly 20 years, the 88-year-old has spent much of his time working tirelessly on behalf of others living in long-term care facilities.

Recently, Charles received recognition for his efforts as a volunteer ombudsman, garnering ...Read more

Tuskegee Airman, 90, serves up meals and stories at South Jersey senior center

At age 90, former Tuskegee Airman Melvin Frisby arrives at a South Jersey senior center hours before lunch.

He shows up early not to get in line, but to serve meals to his peers. Frisby also occasionally serves up stories about his service in the legendary Tuskegee group, the first black pilots in American military history, who overcame racial...Read more

In search of age-friendly health care, finding room for improvement

Recently, during a visit to her doctor's office in Sequim, Wash., Sue Christensen fell to her knees in the bathroom when her legs suddenly gave out.

The 74-year-old was in an accessible stall with her walker, an older model that doesn't have brakes. On her left side was a grab bar; there was nothing to hold onto on the right.

Christensen ...Read more

Social Security: Eight decades of service

Social Security turns 84 this year. With more than eight decades of service, we've provided benefits to one of the most diverse populations in history. Regardless of background, we cover retirees, wounded warriors, chronically ill children, and people who have lost loved ones.

Knowing that we cover so many different people, we've created ...Read more

Social Security: Communities fighting fraud

Older people are at a greater risk of fraud and other forms of financial exploitation. The United States Postal Service has seen an increase in mail fraud and is promoting community strength and fraud awareness as a way to prevent abuse. Social Security agrees. You can help your more vulnerable loved ones fight fraud.

You or a loved one might ...Read more

Social Security: Changing your direct deposit information

With our busy lives, it's easy to fall into that cycle of postponing some tasks because of other priorities. This may be true for you when it comes to changing your payment method for Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, forgetting to change your payment method can lead to delayed payments.

The most convenient way to change your direct ...Read more

Social Security: 5 useful online tips

Social Security is here for you, not just when you need us financially, but when you need accurate information about our programs, retirement, and more. There are many online sources for Social Security information, but you need to make sure you're getting the right information.

By using www....Read more

Why Alzheimer's is the thief that takes and takes and takes

The thief arrived as you might expect. Unannounced.

Karen J. Hardwick might not have noticed except after years of marriage, she'd seen some things.

Greg had always been nothing short of fastidious, organizing his closet by color and style. Nothing was ever out of place. Indeed, it made him hard to live with at times.

Then things started to ...Read more

Cycling Without Age gives older adults with limited mobility a thrilling change of scene on electric bikes.

Outside the senior home, Sister Rosalind Gefre ditched her walker for a bicycle ride - without having to pedal at all.

At 89, the nun can't bike like she used to, but a new program is helping her and other older adults with limited mobility experience again the thrill of bicycling around St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Wearing a sweater over her ...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Amtrak adventure to the American West aboard the California Zephyr

There are four things to know before boarding Amtrak's California Zephyr for a spectacularly scenic ride into the American West: ignore the train's timetable (and your watch and/or phone); leave your dust-and-dirt detecting white gloves at home; recognize that your 18 inches of personal space will be seriously compromised; and expect to get ...Read more

Goal-setting groove: Milestone birthdays fuel lists of things to accomplish

This summer has brought adventures for the Spokane family of Danielle Beaudine, from picking huckleberries to cycling the Hiawatha Trail. And, while Beaudine, nearing her milestone year of 40, is not considered a senior; her ideas are inspiring for folks of any age.

Far from random, these activities are connections in a journey Beaudine ...Read more

Can this co-living experiment make housing affordable for middle-class seniors?

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. - Deep in the rolling farmland of Lancaster County sits an experiment meant to address two of the great, looming crises of American aging: loneliness and access to safe, affordable senior housing.

The Thistledown Co-living House, built in New Holland a little more than a year ago with the help of community volunteers, is a way...Read more

Social Security: Scams come in many different forms

Social Security is at the forefront of keeping your online data secure, but you play a vital role in safeguarding your personal information too.

Scammers commonly target people who are looking for Social Security program and benefit information. You might receive an advertisement in the mail, but it could be from a private company or even a ...Read more

 
 

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