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College class on memes explains to seniors creative ways people get 'snarky' online

WINTER PARK, Fla. - Nancy Shutts, 78, first encountered internet memes a couple of years ago when her grandson shared a term paper he wrote for a college class. She couldn't understand what the big deal was about the silly social media images with text - usually related to current events.

"I am so left-brained, this does not mean squat to...Read more

Social Security: Access Social Security's educator tool kit

With so many students gone for the summer, teachers may now have time to prepare a different kind of lesson plan. Help students prepare a better future for themselves with practical knowledge about financial planning. There's no better time to let young people know that the younger they start saving, the easier it will be to reach their goals. ...Read more

Support Circle: Family caregivers share stories and tips to ease Alzheimer's toll

Vicki Bartholomew started a support group for wives who are caring for a husband with Alzheimer's disease because she needed that sort of group herself.

They meet every month in a conference room at a new memory-care facility in Nashville called Abe's Garden, where Bartholomew's husband was one of the first residents - a Vietnam veteran and ...Read more

A hospital's human touch: Why taking care in discharging a patient matters

The kidney doctor sat next to Judy Garrett's father, looking into his face, her hand on his arm. There are things I can do for you, she told the 87-year-old man, but if I do them I'm not sure you will like me very much.

The word "death" wasn't mentioned, but the doctor's meaning was clear: There was no hope of recovery from kidney ...Read more

Feel like the last friend standing? Here's how to cultivate new buds as you age

Donn Trenner, 91, estimates that two-thirds of his friends are dead.

"That's a hard one for me," he said. "I've lost a lot of people."

As baby boomers age, more and more folks will reach their 80s, 90s - and beyond. They will not only lose friends but face the daunting task of making new friends at an advanced age.

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Social Security: 10 powerful ways to use Social Security online

Chances are good that you use the internet or a cell phone app every day. Social Security has you covered. We've created online tools to make the lives of millions of people easier. We've put together a top ten list of easy-to-use resources for you.

Want access to our latest news, retirement planning tips, and helpful information? Social ...Read more

Social Security: A source of independence for millions

On July 4, people in communities everywhere celebrate our nation's independence with neighbors, family, and friends. A strong community promotes independence by helping each other lead full and productive lives.

Social Security has been helping people maintain a higher quality of life and a level of independence for over 80 years. Over those ...Read more

Social Security: Three common ways your Social Security payment can grow after retirement

You made the choice and now you are happily retired. You filed online for your Social Security benefits. They arrive each month in the correct amount exactly as expected. But, did you ever wonder if your Social Security check could increase?

Once you begin receiving benefits, there are three common ways benefit checks can increase: a cost of ...Read more

Travel Trending with Kathy Witt: Orlando's chambers of secrets magical fun for foodies, Harry Potter fans

An unexceptional door hidden in plain view slides open at the push of a button to reveal a speakeasy bar with elixirs like a Blonde Donkey and Monkey in the Vault, and a restaurant with such restorative "prescriptions" as double-cut brined pork chops and cast iron seared prime rib-eye steaks.

An alluring tea room that would look ...Read more

Orlando woman has 104 years worth of wisdom

Like a lot of people who've moved to Orlando, Magdalena Justiniano's life was disrupted by the hurricane that hit Puerto Rico.

No, not Hurricane Maria. Remember Hurricane San Felipe?

She has no trouble recalling the storm, since she was 14 years old when it devastated her hometown.

Recently, she turned the big 1-0-4. It's unclear whether ...Read more

55 Plus: Make a social network to save your life

The headlines in the news, while rarely cheery, have been particularly glum of late. Much more attention is being paid to the rising toll of suicide.

This isn't even including celebrities who seem to have had it all but were fighting inner demons the world knew nothing about. I live in Utah, which has the fifth highest suicide rate in America....Read more

Battling rising cost of living? Seeking a community? Try the cohousing lifestyle

Not long ago, a story about a place called "The Llano Exit Strategy" made the rounds on social media, and people of a certain age nearly lost their minds.

A group of eight friends had purchased 10 acres of land along a river in Texas and had an architect design four, eco-friendly tiny houses (350 square feet) that cost $40,000 a pop,...Read more

Boomer U: Middle age aches could be osteoarthritis

You first notice swelling in a finger or a stiff knee when you get up in the morning.

In those moments, you brush it off as the normal aches and pains of aging. But it might be arthritis.

The joint disease osteoarthritis is thought to be on the rise, partly because of active baby boomers and also higher U.S. obesity rates. It occurs from the ...Read more

Dating Coach: 5 healthy steps for surviving a break up

An important relationship has just ended and you'll want to do some processing and reflecting about the relationship by yourself.

Take time to ask yourself questions like the ones below that will help you gain an understanding of exactly what happened so you don't repeat similar dating and relationship patterns with a new man in a future ...Read more

Social Security: How the work rules work for you

Retirement doesn't have the same meaning for everyone. Some people plan to retire and never work again. Some people plan for second careers in occupations that wouldn't have adequately supported their families, but they do the work for pure enjoyment. Some people, whether by design or desire, choose to work part-time or seasonally to supplement...Read more

Social Security: Social Security supports people battling cancer

In 2018, more than 1 million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. On June 3, 2018, we observe National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In support of this day, Social Security encourages getting checkups to provide early detection, raise awareness ...Read more

What's on your bucket list? Granting the dangerous, heartbreaking wishes of Philly seniors

Henry Allhiser, 82, fell in love with Lady Gaga while watching her concerts on HBO at the Wesley Enhanced Living retirement community in Upper Moreland.

He dreamed of seeing the pop star play live - or even meeting her - but he had no real hope of doing so. He hadn't been to a concert since he saw John Denver perform decades ago.

But Allhiser...Read more

Social Security… live

Social Security engages with the public in a number of ways. From news articles like this to blog posts, and printed publications to tweets, we try to speak to as many people, in as many ways, as we can. Our Facebook Live events give you concise information in an easy-to-follow conversation.

Here are the topics from recent Facebook Live events:...Read more

Social Security: Replace your Social Security card online

Need to replace your lost or misplaced Social Security card? If you live in a qualifying state, our online application makes getting a replacement card easier than ever. There's no need to sit in traffic or visit a local office or Card Center.

As long as you're only requesting a replacement card, and no other changes, you can use our free ...Read more

New frontier for gay rights: Bias and bullying in senior housing

Even before she began searching for senior housing, Marti Smith had heard the horror stories.

Her gay friends told Smith, a lesbian, that when their partners entered assisted living the partners had to hide their homosexuality to avoid bias and bullying. Even Smith's friends had to play along when they visited.

"Visitors were told not to...Read more


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