Social Security is committed to the principles and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which improves the lives of our beneficiaries and our employees who have disabilities. We are proud to say that we’ve been helping people with disabilities for over 25 years. We also want you to see and hear from the people who rely on Social Security disability benefits to not just survive, but thrive, as active members of our communities. Our Faces and Facts of Disability website highlights the real life stories of people who have disabilities.
Homeless people in their 50s have more geriatric conditions than those living in homes who are decades older, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) who are following 350 people who are homeless and aged 50 and older in Oakland. Their findings have been published online in The Gerontologist.
Basketball fans are gearing up for March Madness, which will culminate when the final four teams in the NCAA fight for the title of national champion. Fans wait in eager anticipation to see whether their favourite team or alma mater will be included in the “final four.” While basketball fans are excited about March Madness, Social Security already has its own winning “final four” to help you this season.Now, let’s turn to the action!
Now that it’s March, your annual tax filing deadline is fast approaching. If you receive Social Security benefits, one of the documents you need to file your federal income tax return is your Social Security Benefit Statement (Form SSA-1099/1042S). Your Social Security benefits may be taxable. This includes monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. About one-third of people receiving Social Security benefits must pay taxes on some of these benefits, depending on the amount of their taxable income.
March is Women’s History Month — a time to focus not just on the past, but on the challenges women continue to face in the 21st century. Ida May Fuller, born on September 6, 1874, was the first American to receive a monthly Social Security benefit check. Along with Secretary of Labour Frances Perkins — who was instrumental in the creation of the Social Security Act — Ida May Fuller was one of the first famous women of Social Security.
International Ask a Question Day falls on March 14, and it’s the perfect day to ask Social Security a question. Chances are, you are curious about retirement planning and benefits, disability benefits, or Medicare — some of which either affect you directly or are part of a loved one’s daily life.
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 vital form of interactive communication. Similarly, Social Security is no stranger to social media. Updated regularly, Social Security Matters is our blog. It’s our hub for Social Security news, like new features to my Social Security, changes in policy, retirement planning, and benefit information. The blog allows us to address issues in a longer format than a tweet or typical social media post. Check out Social Security Matters at blog.socialsecurity.gov and select “Get blog updates” if you want to stay informed.
Hundreds of residents turned out to attend Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan’s annual Valentine’s Day Dance for Senior at the gymnasium at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex in Miami Gardens. Sporting snazzy red-and-white attire, they danced the night away to old-school tunes performed by the local group Pocket Change during Commissioner Jordan’s annual celebration of love.
Up to five times a day Gary Allen can be found walking his dog, Mickey, around his San Francisco neighborhood. Allen, 63, adopted the Jack Russell terrier in July from Muttville, a dog rescue agency for senior canines. Mickey is more than 17 years old. "I am indulging him because he is at the end of his life," explained Allen, who is gay and lives alone, about the duo's daily walking regimen.
Also, read "ADVANCE CARE PLANS: Don’t Wait Until You’re Old to Plan for Old Age.” In an eight-hour shift, Alicia Lamour will evaluate the nursing care of a number of patients admitted to Citrus Valley Hospital, here. They range from young to old. Some are relatively healthy. Others are critical. The busy surgical-care nurse reviewer knows regardless of age, race or ethnicity, not every patient is prepared for the unexpected.
Throughout the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together since the late 19th century.
Increasing numbers of grandmothers across the United States are raising their grandchildren, many of them in poverty and grappling with a public assistance system not designed to meet their needs. For a new study, researchers interviewed 77 African-American grandmothers living in some of the poorest areas of south Chicago. The findings underscore the challenges these caregivers face, including dealing with divided loyalties between their grandchildren and their own children, navigating the complications of getting state resources they desperately need, and sacrificing their own well-being to take care of their grandchildren.
The Ebenezer Home Management Committee held their Annual Open Day and 15th anniversary celebration under the theme ‘Dignity in Mental Health’ at the Ebenezer Home, situated on the Grounds of the Manchester Infirmary, on December 3.
A new e-book published by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) provides a primary resource for detailed overviews of the aging process across multiple organisms — from microbes to humans. This seminal publication, “Molecular and Cellular Biology of Aging,” is intended as a textbook for emerging scholars of all levels.