How to search for senior discounts in 2021

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 60 and would like to find out the best way to go about locating senior discounts. Looking to Save Dear Looking, One of the best, yet underutilized, perks of growing older in the United States is the many discounts that are available to older adults. There…

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid awarded Older Americans Act funds

Provides legal services for seniors The St. Cloud office of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid has received a grant of Older Americans funds from the Central Minnesota Council on Aging to provide legal services for seniors residing in Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright Counties. The…

Social Security terms in plain language

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack Social Security Public Affairs SpecialistsMinn. and Northern Wis. Some of the terms and acronyms (an abbreviation of the first letters of words in a phrase) people use when they talk about Social Security can be a little confusing. We’re here to help you understand all you need to know.…

How to write an online will

Dear Savvy Senior, Writing a will has never been a high priority to me, but this lingering coronavirus crisis has changed my thinking. Can you recommend some good do-it-yourself resources to help me write a simple will? Getting Older Dear Getting, The coronavirus crisis has changed the way a lot of people look at things,…

Do I need to sign up for Medicare if I’m still working?

Dear Savvy Senior, I will turn 65 in a few months and plan to keep working for several more years. I have good health insurance from my employer now. Do I have to sign up for Medicare when I reach 65? Looking Ahead Dear Looking, Whether you need to enroll in Medicare at 65 if…

Helping seniors extend their driving years

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips or resources can you recommend to help elderly seniors extend their driving years? My dad, who’s 82, is still a decent driver, but I worry about his safety going forward. Inquiring Daughter Dear Inquiring, With more than 40 million licensed drivers in the U.S. over the age of 65, there…

LBFE launches Coffee Talk

A drop-in phone chat line aimed at older adults at risk of loneliness in Minnesota Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) last week announced the statewide launch of Coffee Talk, a drop-in phone chat line that connects older adults with caring volunteers for friendly conversation and access to resources to support their overall…

Five ways ssa.gov saves you time

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack, Social Security Public Affairs Specialists, Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin Our online tools and services save you time and make your life easier. Often, there’s no need to contact us. Here are five of our webpages that can make your life easier:

Submit your Disability Update Report online

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack Social Security Public Affairs Specialists, Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin We are required to conduct continuing eligibility reviews for disabled beneficiaries every three years. This process requires that beneficiaries complete a Continuing Disability Review mailer to update information about their medical conditions and recent treatments. We now offer an online option…

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