Cases of elder financial abuse are rarely clear-cut; more often they present a messy trail of poor decisions, declining cognitive ability, aggressive or unscrupulous lenders and self-serving family members. But the results can be stark: lost dreams, financial ruin and even homelessness for elders or their heirs. And the loss of a long-held home not only curtails a family’s economic rise, but can fray the cultural fabric of a neighborhood.
The 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA), slated for July 13 in Washington, DC, is focused on four priority areas: retirement security, healthy aging, long-term services and supports, and elder justice. In response, The Gerontological Society of America has produced a special issue of Public Policy & Aging Report (Volume 25, Number 2), wherein the nation’s foremost experts on these topics make policy recommendations to improve the lives of all Americans as they age. The publication was supported by AARP.
Older Americans are entering retirement with fewer savings and more debt than in previous generations, putting wellbeing and housing security at risk for aging baby boomers. The picture is especially troubling for blacks and Latinos, who have earned less income and accumulated fewer assets on average over their working years.
Prof. James S. Jackson says the overwhelming propensity among researchers to view data on health disparities among African Americans through the lens of race is highly misleading, and masks deeper truths about how blacks and others cope with societal stressors.
Achieving financial independence is key to enjoying a satisfying retirement. Social Security has many tools to help you plan for your future. Prepare for a secure, comfortable retirement by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Once there, open a secure my Social Security account and assess your financial needs. You’ll get immediate access to your personal Social Security Statement, your earnings record, and an estimate of your retirement benefits at age 62, at your full retirement age, and at age 70. You can also ensure your earnings are correct, since your future benefits are based on your earnings record.
Diane Schoenfeld is a weekly visitor at the Chaparral House nursing home in Berkeley. She comes every Friday to spend time with her aunt, Lillie Manger. “Hi Aunt Lill!” she says, squatting down next to her aunt’s wheelchair, meeting her at eye level. Manger is 97. She has straight white hair pulled back in a neat bun today. It’s tied with a green scarf, an homage to the dancer she used to be.
Aging and disability advocates celebrate Older Americans Month today as Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) introduce The Supplemental Security Restoration Act of 2015 into both houses of Congress.
In May, we recognize Older Americans Month to acknowledge older Americans and their contributions to the nation. More than 40 million people in the United States are 65 or older. By 2035, the U.S. Census Bureau projects this number will double, which makes improving the quality of life for older Americans even more important as we look to the future. It is Social Security’s priority to provide a safety net for older Americans. You can learn more about Social Security at www.socialsecurity.gov.
On Monday, May 4, 2015, Mayor Tomas Regalado along with the City of Miami District 5 Office, and the Urban League walked the area around Liberty Square for over four hours to obtain first hand insight about the needs of the residents and business people in the area. Mayor Regalado spoke with area residents and addressed several concerns presented to him. "It makes no sense in creating a new Liberty Square Housing Complex without including the 15th Avenue Business Corridor and the adjacent area," stated Mayor Regalado.
Check Out Our Improved Online Appeal Process.  Social Security listened to customer feedback and made the online appeals process even better. Now, people who disagree with our disability decision can complete their appeal using our improved online appeals process.
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