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Whatever happened to good manners?

“We just ain't got no couth no more.” Those of us who are stumbling into our Golden Years, and are watching national events on television are frequently reminded of two behaviors we learned in...

 

Set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically: america saves week

Saving for the future is a vital part of ensuring a secure retirement. American Savings Education Council and America Saves coordinate the annual America Saves Week. Started in 2007, the week is an...

 

The Obama Legacy

Forty-three years ago Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. published a book entitled “The Imperial Presidency,” in which he outlined how our presidents have managed to exceed the powers granted to that...

 

Get Replacement Social Security Tax Forms Online with Ease

It's that time of year again. Preparing for tax season can seem overwhelming. Some forms and paperwork might be difficult to track down. If you misplaced your Benefits Statement or haven't received...

 

The Christmas Spirit

It's that time of the year when the thoughts of most of us turn to the celebration of Christmas. It's also the time of the year when the squirrels come out of the woodwork and we're inundated with...

 

THE TWELVE SITES OF SOCIAL SECURITY

Gathering with family and friends during the holiday season reminds us we’re part of a strong community. And sometimes, in the spirit of the season, we break into song. Our take on “The Twelve...

 

What deficit?

We should take exception to the use of the term: Attention Deficit Disorder,especially so, those of us who have been blessed with it. The noun attention is acceptable since a major portion of this...

 

USING OUR SECURE SERVICES

One of the most common threats we face is identity theft. Just imagine someone stealing your information and pretending to be you. You’d have no control as this person acts in your name, spending...

 

Is "Americanism" qualifiable?

One can only stand amazed at the multitude of ways by which the American people are able to abuse the English language; especially as it relates to their national identity. It's bad enough that...

 

DON'T BE SKEPTICAL, SOCIAL SECURITY IS HERE TO STAY

It’s healthy to be skeptical in a world of uncertainties. Major news networks sometimes broadcast conflicting facts that require a bit of research to verify. There’s even a day in October...

 

Prepare for your disability interview:

When a person becomes disabled, it can be a very stressful time in their life. There are many questions and unknowns when you have to transition out of the workforce due to medical issues. While an...

 

Why? Whatever happened to Utopia?

Early on in your chronicler's quest for knowledge an interesting work was perused, the title of which was: The Republic. It's author was a Greek philosopher named Plato, who, in a sense invented educa...

 

Social Security Questions and Answers

Question: I'm retired and the only income I have is a monthly withdrawal from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Are the IRA withdrawals considered "earnings?" Could they reduce my monthly...

 

A Biblical Look at Elder Abuse

When the Lord selected Moses to lead his people He set down some rules. The first four dealt with ecclesiastical matters about who was the leader of the team, and the rules related thereto. He then...

 
 By Kylle McKinney    Seniors    July 1, 2016

WE'RE WORKING TOGETHER TO SECURE TODAY AND TOMORROW

Your first job is a landmark occasion. You’re meeting new people, making professional connections, and probably cashing that first paycheck. You might be a little surprised when you see a portion...

 

Falls Plague Seniors

On June 23, residents at Elmcroft at Halcyon, one of Montgomery's assisted living facilities, learned that one out of three senior citizens falls each year. A troublesome fact that, but one that may...

 

TWO SLICES

Pleasing the clientele anywhere can be somewhat of a vexing problem, and none more vexing that at an institution where the bulk of those being served are well into their Golden Years. The chef at...

 
 By Kylle McKinney    Seniors    June 1, 2016

SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS U.S. CITIZENS OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES

Over half a million people who live outside the United States receive some kind of Social Security benefit, including retired and disabled workers, as well as spouses, widows, widowers, and children....

 
 By Dr. John Bitter    Seniors    May 1, 2016

Something to Anticipate

Many years ago there was a refrain about the pay of a young man in the Army that went: “Twenty one dollars a day; once a month.” Based on the efforts of our illustrious commander-in-chief, this ma...

 
 By Kylle McKinney    Seniors    May 1, 2016

Social Security Questions and Answers

Question: What is the benefit amount a spouse may be entitled to receive? Answer: If you’re eligible for both your own retirement benefit and for benefits as a spouse, we will always pay you...

 

TAKING STOCK DURING FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH

April is Financial Literacy Month, which is a perfect time to take stock (pun intended) of your retirement savings. Social Security is there to help secure your future, but savings should be the found...

 

The old folks best friends

It's been a good eight decades since your humble scribe has enjoyed the company of a dog; and then it was for only a short time. But now, canine company once more brightens this humble life, albeit...

 

Give them what they deserve

Out there in a world best describer as “Geriatrica” exist a group of old folks one might best be described as the Geriatric class. These folks were best described by author Tom Brokaw...

 

TWEETING ISN'T JUST FOR THE BIRDS

Ten years ago, on March 21, 2006, the CEO of Twitter sent out his first tweet. It’s appropriate, with spring coming, that the famous CEO was chirping in a format that the world now embraces as a...

 

A Big Month for Celebrities

February is the shortest month of the year, but for us old timers it's a month that produced a lot of the folks who entertained us through our years of the “Greatest Generation....

 

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