What She Doesn’t Know About Social Security Could Cost Her Thousands

Q. My mother, Eileen, and her husband, Ray, just recently got divorced after 15 years of marriage. My step-father was the primary breadwinner throughout their marriage, while my mother was a homemaker, who worked a little here and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When it Comes to Social Security, what does “File and Suspend” Mean?

Dear Baxter, My neighbor mentioned something about a "file and suspend" strategy for Social Security to boost retirement income? Can you explain what that means? Thanks! Clay Min Stratagees --- Dear Clay, For … [Read more...]

Strong or Vulnerable? Social Security in its 80th Year

For 80 years, Social Security has been protecting American families from both expected and unexpected challenges. Last week, the Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report to Congress, which projects that Social … [Read more...]

Highlights from the White House Conference on Aging

Photo from Whitehouse.gov This past Monday, on the cusp of the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid and the 80th anniversary of Social Security, the once-a-decade White House Conference on Aging was held. … [Read more...]

A New Act to Help Special Needs Families


  Q. My 9-year-old daughter, Noelle, is intellectually disabled. The costs for her therapy and assistive technology are quite high, and we are in the process of applying for government assistance (SSI). Despite our struggles … [Read more...]

Ask the Expert: Can You Explain Social Security, please?


Q. I am 62 and getting ready to retire. I am really confused about how Social Security works. Can I start collecting now, or do I need to wait until I am 65? Also, what is all this about credits? I thought Social Security was … [Read more...]

LGBT Marriage Ruling Brings New Planning Choices

LGBT married couples can now celebrate another important victory in their fight for equal rights.  Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled to let the appeals court rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states stand, clearing the … [Read more...]

Helping Seniors and Veterans from Going Hungry

After working for decades and raising four children without government assistance, Carol found herself asking for help feeding herself and her husband, Richard. Faced with health problems that prevent them from working, Carol and … [Read more...]

Recent News: Democrats Petition Obama to Limit Social Security Reform

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform may recommend budget cuts with regard to social security benefits, but members of Democratic members of Congress are vehemently warning President Obama that they will … [Read more...]

“Extra Help” Benefit for Seniors with High Prescription Expenses

It is no secret that medicine can become very costly as we age – especially as the prescriptions we are told to take by our doctors begin to increase in number. When no generic version of a drug exists yet, the costs are even … [Read more...]