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People with a disability can get a ticket to work 

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[August 17, 2011]  Millions of Americans receive disability benefits from Social Security and there could be good news for many of those who want to work. A free and voluntary program called Ticket to Work gives individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security disability benefits access to meaningful employment while maintaining control over benefit choices. (Click here for the rest of the story) 


August questions and answers from Social Security

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[August 17, 2011] 

Question:

What should I do if an employee gives me a Social Security number but cannot produce the card? 
 

Answer:

Seeing the card is not as important as putting the correct information on the worker's Form W-2. You can verify employee Social Security numbers by using the Social Security Number Verification Service. Just go to www.socialsecurity.gov/bso. This online service allows registered employers to verify employee Social Security numbers against Social Security records for wage reporting purposes. (Click here for the rest of the story)


Foot care an important factor in healthy aging
 

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[August 17, 2011]  (ARA) - Forget aging gracefully. For today's baby boomers, it's more important than ever to stay healthy and active as they age. While growing older causes some unavoidable body changes, more boomers are focusing on healthy lifestyles that can help them prevent problems associated with aging - like mobility issues related to the feet and legs. (Click here for the rest of the story)


Tips for maintaining a youthful look naturally
 

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[August 17, 2011]  (ARA) - Age means different things to different people. What some might think of as "old", others may view as "young." To present a youthful image to the world, making adjustments to your appearance is key.

To project the right kind of youthful image, it's important to know how to avoid going too far. A common mistake is dressing too young in an effort to avoid looking too old. Striking a balance between embracing current, youthful trends and adding your own style will create a more balanced look.
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The safety net for aged, blind, disabled people with limited income and resources
 

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[August 17, 2011]  Thereís a safety net out there for those who might otherwise slip through the cracks. Itís called Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  Administered by Social Security, SSI makes payments to people with limited income and few resources who are age 65 or older, blind, or have a disability.  

Funding for the SSI program comes from the general revenues of the U.S. Treasury, not from Social Security payroll taxes. (Click here for the rest of the story)


Beat the heat: Go online to sign up for Medicare 

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[August 17, 2011]  If the dog days of summer have you turning up the air conditioning or fan, hereís a hot tip to keep cool. When the time comes to apply for your Medicare benefits, donít worry about trudging into the heat and making your way in the blazing sun to a Social Security office. Just pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea, sit back in the comfort of your home or office, and go to www.socialsecurity.gov. (Click here for the rest of the story)


SSN retirement estimator celebrates three years

 

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[August 17, 2011]  Itís been three years since Social Securityís Retirement Estimator went online. Within months of coming out, the online application was praised as one of the highest-rated online services around, and it has consistently remained so every year. (Click here for the rest of the story).


Rules to Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation Adopted

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[August 17, 2011]  SPRINGFIELD Ė July 28, 2011. State regulations designed to protect elders from financial exploitation took effect earlier today. They were approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules on July 12. The regulations are needed to implement legislation signed last summer by Governor Quinn that required the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) and Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to develop training standards to be used by employees of financial institutions who have direct contact with customers. (Click here for the rest of the story)


Community involvement drives diabetes education

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[August 17, 2011]  (ARA) - Diabetes is a well-known disease, affecting over 8 percent of the U.S. population. However, many adults are living with type 2 diabetes and are not aware they have the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association. Symptoms like frequent urination, blurred vision and excessive thirst often don't appear until after the disease develops. Because of this, frequently a diagnosis isn't made until a serious complication - such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, eye damage or nerve damage - has occurred. (Click here for the rest of the story)


Springfield Social Security office to begin closing at 3:30 pm daily

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[August 17, 2011]  Congressional Budget Cuts Force Reduced Public Hours

Effective August 15, 2011, the Springfield Social Security office will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ė a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday. (Click here for the rest of the story)


Every month is 'National Social Security Online' month 

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[August 17, 2011]  Have you ever stopped to appreciate the many celebrations we enjoy in this country? For example, did you know that July is National Baked Beans Month? Itís also National Hot Dog Month. If beans and hot dogs are not on your diet, thatís okayóitís also National Blueberry Month! (Click here for the rest of the story)

 

You and your home: Aging gracefully together

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[August 17, 2011]  (ARA) - Aging gracefully is all about taking a proactive approach to your future well-being - you anticipate the inevitable changes and do what's necessary to stay healthy and fit.

The same principles are true for your home. You need to assess the necessary changes that must be made around your home to keep it fit, and you safe, so you and your home can successfully age together.
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More July questions and answers from Social Security

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[August 17, 2011]  Question:

How does Social Security decide if I am disabled? 

Answer:

For an adult to be considered disabled, Social Security must determine that you are unable to do the work you did before and, based on your age, education, and work experience, you are unable to adjust to any other work that exists in significant numbers in the national economy. Also, your disability must last or be expected to last for at least one year or to result in death. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or short-term disability (less than a year). For more information, we recommend you read Disability Benefits (SSA Publication No. 05-10029), available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10029.html. (Click here for the rest of the story) 


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