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…

How to choose a medical alert system

Dear Savvy Senior, I am interested in getting my mom, who lives alone, a medical alert system with a wearable pendant button that will let her call for help if she falls or has a medical emergency. What can you tell me to help me choose one? Too Many Choices 

Three ways to use Social Security online

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack Social Security Public Affairs Specialists, Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin There are many online sources for Social Security information, but you need to make sure you’re getting the right information. By using http://www.ssa.gov, you know that what you’re reading and watching is approved by our experts and specifically created for…

Four questions about Social Security that can help you plan your retirement

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack Social Security Public Affairs Specialists, Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin Social Security benefits are part of the retirement plan of almost every American worker. If you’re among the many people covered under Social Security, you should know what your future benefit may be. These monthly payments may be a vital part…

Three ways to fight scammers who target your Social Security benefits

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack Social Security Public Affairs Specialists Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin Scammers are always finding new ways to steal your money and personal information by exploiting your fears. The most effective way to defeat scammers is to know how to identify scams and to ignore suspicious calls and emails. One common…

Social Security and small businesses

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack, Social Security Public Affairs Specialists, Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin According to the United States Small Business Administration, about 30 million small businesses in the United States employ tens of millions of people. Running a small business can be a 24/7 endeavor. Managing employees, inventory, scheduling, services, and marketing can…

How seniors can save money on prescription eyeglasses

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend for finding affordable prescription eyeglasses? I used to have vision insurance through my work but lost it when I turned 65 and signed up for Medicare. -Need Spectacles  Dear Need, Unfortunately, in 2020 it’s still true that original Medicare does not cover vision services, which includes routine…

What caregivers should know about Medicare

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, I am the caregiver for my 81-year-old mother, who recently fell and broke her hip, and have a lot of questions about how original Medicare works and what it covers. Where can I get some help understanding this program? Overwhelmed Caregiver Dear Caregiver, Excellent question! Having a working knowledge…

The Senior Law Project at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

The Senior Law Project of Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid is committed to serving seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senior Law Project provides legal advice, counseling, and representation in court and administrative hearings. There is no cost for these services. 

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