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Silver Sands

The holiday season is here, and many people will be singing along with their favorite seasonal songs. So go ahead sing your Jingle Bells and ring your Silver Bells. But hold your calls if your business can wait until after the holidays.

For years, Social Security has told the public that the busiest time for our field offices and for our toll free telephone number is early in the week and early in the month, so if your business can wait, it's best to contact us at other times.

It's true the holidays can be stressful. Stress from traveling, spending money, shopping for last-minute gifts, cooking for large groups, and so many other activities can make the holidays hectic. I feel stressed just looking over that list! We need to put more quietness in our lives this season, wouldn't you agree?

Here are my suggestions for managing stress and having a merrier and more relaxing holiday season:

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.