Social Security is 83! How to Get the Most Out of the Program

Q. My husband and I are approaching 62 years old, the year when we both first qualify for Social Security. Now that we’ve reached this point, I have a few questions about the program. I was wondering what the advantages are of … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What Does the 2018 Medicare Trustees Report Say About Social Security?

Dear Magic, I read that the 2018 Medicare Trustees Report was recently released. There have been some alarming headlines about the future of Medicare, but I haven't seen anything about Social Security. Based on the findings in … [Read more...]

Is Social Security Taxable?

Q. I retired last year, and started receiving Social Security benefits. I am getting ready to do my taxes, and was wondering if I have to pay federal or state taxes on my Social Security income. My understanding was that Social … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: What If I Claimed Social Security Too Early?

Dear Magic, In June of 2010, when I was 62 years old, I decided to quit working and take Social Security. I was afraid Social Security might go away before my full retirement age, or that I might die before that time, so I went … [Read more...]

Do You Need a Representative Payee for Social Security if You Have a Financial Power of Attorney?

Q1. My long-time friend, Ellie, is a widow who lives alone and never had children. Without family members to help, and dealing with her own dementia-related challenges, she’s finding it more and more difficult to manage her … [Read more...]

Top 17 Articles of 2017

From the passing of the RAISE Family Caregivers Act to offer much-needed support to caregivers, to Trump’s tax overhaul, we covered a lot of ground in 2017. It was a year that included a massive data breach, the ACA almost being … [Read more...]

Find Out Why Only 1.5% Of Social Security Recipients Use This Program!

Q. My mother, Louise, was diagnosed with dementia when she was 60 years old. Her dementia has progressively gotten worse since then, and I am helping a lot these days with some caregiving tasks, and money matters. My mother is … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When Will I Receive My Replacement Medicare Card Without my Social Security Number?

Dear Bebe, I heard Medicare will be replacing our current cards with cards that don't have our Social Security number on them. Do you know the timeframe for getting a replacement card? Thanks, Ann Nucard --- Dear … [Read more...]

Should You Collect Social Security Earlier for a “Happier Retirement?”

For years, Social Security experts were suggesting that seniors wait as long as they could to collect their Social Security benefits. But the tide is turning, and now, some experts are saying to go ahead and collect your benefits … [Read more...]