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Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, today announced that the online Retirement Estimator, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator, now can provide immediate and personalized benefit estimates to people who have enrolled in Medicare but have not yet filed for Social Security benefits.

Previously, these  “Medicare only beneficiaries would need to contact a local office in order to obtain an estimate of their benefits. Currently, about a half-million people file for Medicare each year and delay filing for Social Security benefits.

To keep reporters up to date with the latest developments on the age beat, The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is proud to host a series of press briefings and a journalists networking reception at its upcoming Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

The program schedule additionally offers over 400 other scientific sessions featuring research presented for the first time. The meeting  the country's largest interdisciplinary conference in the field of aging  will take place from November 18 to 22 at the Hilton Atlanta and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

The majority of people aged 65 and over cast ballots for John McCain in 2008, but older voters will not necessarily favor Republicans in future presidential elections, according to an article in the latest issue of The Gerontologist (Vol. 49, No. 5).

Author Robert Binstock, PhD, a renowned authority on seniors voting patterns, analyzed data from the 2008 national Election Day exit poll conducted by Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International, which was financed by major television networks, newspapers, and magazines.

With consumer prices down over the past year, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for more than 57 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2010.

This will be the first year without an automatic Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) since they went into effect in 1975. “Social Security is doing its job helping Americans maintain their standard of living, Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security said.