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This January marks a historic moment: our Nations first baby boomers are turning 65.

For many baby boomers, its time to hit the computer. Even if you have decided to wait until after you are age 65 to apply for retirement benefits, most people should start getting Medicare coverage at age 65.

Moving can be hectic. Some studies show that relocating is one of the greatest stresses we face in our lives. Whether you are moving nearby or across the country, don't forget Social Security if you are a beneficiary. Keep us in the loop with your updated information so we can make sure your benefits continue to arrive on time at your new address.

Even if you get your benefits by direct deposit or Direct Express, or you are only receiving Medicare benefits, reporting your change of address to us still is important. Without your current mailing address, Social Security is unable to send you notices and other important correspondence about changes that could affect your benefits.

Many Miami-Dade seniors will soon have a new place to call home in District 11. Commissioner Joe A. Martinez will celebrate the groundbreaking of the Dr. Olga Maria Martinez Senior Center on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at the facility's future site near Kendall Drive and SW 152 Avenue, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Commissioner Martinez and Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers (LHANC) have collaborated on this project for some time, securing various sources of funding to make the senior center a reality. Commissioner Martinez assisted LHANC in acquiring the land to build the center, as well as $1.5 million in funding from a Community Development Block Grant and General Obligation Bonds. In addition, LHANC was awarded $2 million in grant money in 2008 from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Senior Capital Outlay Program.

Social Security cautions people about responding to requests for financial information over the telephone.

The Agency has received several reports of people claiming to be Social Security employees calling Social Security recipients and asking for banking and identity information. They claim to need the information to increase peoples Social Security checks.