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Social Security announces new online services available with a 'my Social Security' account

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[January 10, 2013]  SPRINGFIELD -- Michael J. Astrue, commissioner of Social Security, announced Monday that the agency is expanding the services available with a "my Social Security" account, a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing throughout the time they receive Social Security benefits. More than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income recipients can now access their benefit verification letter, payment history and earnings record instantly using their online account. Social Security beneficiaries also can change their address and start or change direct deposit information online. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Financial wellness can be yours in 2013

By Judith Bartels, Social Security district manager in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD -- January is Financial Wellness Month -- a great time to think about your own financial future. It also happens to be at this time that many people make resolutions for the New Year. Why not combine the two and make your own financial wellness a resolution for 2013?  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

3 dangerous driving distractions that may surprise you

 (BPT) -- By now, almost everyone knows the dangers of texting or talking on a cellphone while driving. But phones aren't the only distractions drivers should be aware of. Experts say that anything that draws your attention away from the road can be a potential cause of an accident. That includes actions and situations as innocuous as snacking behind the wheel or postponing a bathroom break.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

A 'raise' for people who get Social Security

SPRINGFIELD -- As we ring in a new year, we can expect to see a number of changes. Social Security is no exception. In 2013, people who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income payments will see their benefits increase.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Attention caregivers: Federal benefit checks are going all-electronic

(BPT) -- More than 65 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or elderly family member or friend, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. In addition to providing emotional and physical support, caregivers are often entrusted to help their loved ones carry out financial decisions.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Why Alzheimer's should factor into your retirement plan

(BPT) -- In an ideal world, you will retire and enjoy many years fulfilling your dreams and spending time with those you love the most. Your retirement years can be some of the happiest and most enjoyable years of your life. But while we all hope for the best outcome possible, it may be prudent for you to plan for the possibility that life may deal you a difficult hand.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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Careful planning is a must for the sandwich generation

(BPT) -- It's not always a good thing to be the middle. For the children of baby boomers, the middle can be a financially stressful place.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Boomers connect at rapid pace

(BPT) -- Even though they're still common, jokes about clueless baby boomers calling their kids to figure out how to use technology are starting to feel outdated. While today's youngest generations are practically born with tablets, smartphones and laptops in their hands, grandparents are also adopting technology at a startling pace.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

State offers tips to help seniors prepare for winter

Seniors should get flu shots & get homes ready

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SPRINGFIELD -- As the area braces for the first snowstorm of the season, leading up to the official first day of winter, Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., reminds older adults and their families to get ready for the cold weather.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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