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Social Security: Spruce up your financial plan

Now is a good time to evaluate some financial "best practices." A good spring-cleaning can clear out the clutter to let you see a clear path for your future. Social Security is always here to help. Even if you just started working, now is the time to start preparing for retirement. Achieving the dream of a secure, comfortable ...Read more

Six security tips to follow before you move your loved one into a senior-living community

When making plans for Ventana by Buckner, a luxury retirement community slated to open this fall in North Dallas, security was top of mind for executive director Rick Pruett.

But after authorities indicted Billy Chemirmir on 11 capital murder charges in Dallas and Collin counties, Pruett said, his team went back to the drawing board to make ...Read more

Social Security: Connect with social media

We strive to keep you informed with accurate and helpful information. Over the last decade, Social Security's communications strategy has evolved to include electronic messages, through our social media channels. You can share Social Security information, including links to our online tools, with a click of a button.

Using Facebook, we can ...Read more

Swimming in a lane of her own: How Mo Kornfeld, 97, blossomed into a world champion and star late in life

MESA, Ariz. - She's a champion swimmer who didn't learn to put her face in the water until she reached retirement age. She's a world record holder, but has only the vaguest notion of her fastest times. She's a national champion in the backstroke who can tell you about the mechanics of the stroke, but would rather rhapsodize about the heavenly ...Read more

Social Security: Educating students about Social Security

In May, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and honor all of the educators who are preparing students for the future. Social Security knows that a well-informed instructor is usually the best one suited to educate others. That's why we have online resources that are easy to access and share.

Social Security's Educator Toolkit is a rich ...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Six reasons visitors love Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Ten million visitors can't be wrong.

Sitting in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the lights of its parkway flashing like a beacon to fun seekers from miles away, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. reigns as a vacation destination. Not to overstate, there are the mountains - ancient forested ridges straddling the Tennessee-North Carolina border.

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Verizon, T-Mobile offer 55 Plus plan for seniors

Seniors can save on expensive cellphone service with 55 Plus plans from Verizon and T-Mobile.

Those 55 and older can pocket up to $50 a month with Verizon's Go Unlimited plan, which includes unlimited talk, text and 4G LTE data. One line is $60; two are $80 per month with auto pay. This is a nice deal from the No. 1 carrier since one line of ...Read more

Social Security: Honoring and supporting military members

Every year, on Memorial Day, the nation honors service members who have given their lives for our freedom. Social Security acknowledges the sacrifice of our military's service members, and we honor these heroes and their families who may need help through the benefits we provide.

Widows, widowers, and their dependent children may be eligible ...Read more

How to find and use new federal ratings for rehab services at nursing homes

For the first time, the federal government is shining a spotlight on the quality of rehabilitation care at nursing homes - services used by nearly 2 million older adults each year.

Medicare's Nursing Home Compare website now includes a "star rating" (a composite measure of quality) for rehab services - skilled nursing care and ...Read more

Boomer U: Sailing harmony for Spokane music teachers

Sailing off into the sunset isn't just a phrase for longtime Spokane music teachers Kent and Kathy Meredith.

After retiring from Spokane-area school districts, the couple sold their Long Lake home of 27 years and most of their belongings to buy a 42-foot Lagoon catamaran in late 2018. They now live full time on that boat, dubbed WindEnsemble, ...Read more

After a lifetime of learning, Atlanta woman earns college degree at 93

Joyce Lowenstein had an unconventional, yet remarkable, path to receiving her bachelor's degree from Georgia State University.

Her pursuit began in 1943. It was interrupted for nearly 70 years with being a wife, a mother, spoiling her great-grandchildren and working as an antiques dealer and interior designer.

In 2012, Lowenstein felt she ...Read more

At 77, rock hero David Crosby is busy making new music: 'I don't have a lot of time'

David Crosby doesn't dodge questions.

Whether it's an interview, a tweet or his new advice column for Rolling Stone, the mouthy rock star speaks his truth. There's no sugarcoating or spin control. From his mouth to your ears.

What will it take for Crosby, Stills & Nash - and possibly Young - to get back together?

"I don't think that...Read more

Best Buy extends reach into booming health care market with GreatCall

CARLSBAD, Calif. - The man at the other end of the phone line was confused. But Daina Blackmon, with the same certification as a 911 dispatcher, calmly probed for signs of trouble.

On her screen she could see basic details - name, age, location, and whether he had had a recent history of falling or other medical emergencies. It quickly became ...Read more

This common painkiller could cause bleeding in the skull, study says

Do you take aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes? It could lead to bleeding in the skull, according to a new report.

Researchers from health institutions in Taiwan and California recently conducted a study, published in JAMA Neurology, to determine the association between low-dose aspirin and bleeding in the skull.

To do so, they ...Read more

As millennials reject family treasures, baby boomers start to ask, 'What do we do with all this stuff?'

Every time I enter the blue-tiled bathroom off the back door of my home I think about my mom, my millennial offspring and the overflowing shelves at the local Goodwill.

In that bathroom, displayed next to the outdated mahogany vanity, is a wall hanging featuring shocks of wheat in black silhouette - a not-inexpensive piece of art my sister and...Read more

Social Security: Traveling? You can still access Social Security online resources

Now that the weather is beginning to warm, you might be planning a vacation or trip. Social Security is here for you when you're traveling, whether it's just a state away or when you're overseas.

Our online services page directs you to a wide variety of useful links at www.socialsecurity....Read more

Social Security helps people like you

Part of what makes our nation unique is our diversity. Social Security touches the lives of nearly all Americans; so, we're accustomed to serving a diverse population. Online, our People Like Me pages help inform the many different people we help. From people with disabilities to students and military veterans - Social Security is here for you....Read more

In 10 years, half of middle-income elders won't be able to afford housing, medical care

In 10 years, more than half of middle-income Americans age 75 or older will not be able to afford to pay for yearly assisted living rent or medical expenses, according to a study published recently in Health Affairs.

The researchers used demographic and income data to project estimates of a portion of the senior population, those who will be ...Read more

Social Security: More tips for what you can do online

Recently, we featured how you can replace a lost or stolen Social Security card, get a copy of your 1099 (SSA-1099), and check the status of your Social Security benefit application or claim. Here we share three more advantages.

If you already receive Social Security benefits, you can set up or change direct deposit information online with a ...Read more

Researchers seek sage advice of elders on aging issues

CHICAGO - Rachel O'Conor booted up her slides and began posing questions to six older adults sitting around a table: How should primary care physicians support patients and caregivers after a diagnosis of dementia? And what stands in the way of getting adequate support?

"Please speak louder and go slower," suggested Susanne Smith, a ...Read more


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