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Sickle Cell Disease and Social Security

September 15, 2022 • By

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Did you know that September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month? Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a lifelong battle with pain and multiple medical complications that often result in shortened lifespans. The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America – and its member organizations – raise awareness to help find better treatments and a universal cure. SCD […]

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How Social Security and Sharsheret Help Women With Cancer

June 21, 2022 • By

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A cancer diagnosis can be scary and life changing. It often comes with decisions, uncertainties, and a lot of new information that can be confusing. Sharsheret helps women and families living with or at increased genetic risk for breast or ovarian cancer. Through personalized support and educational outreach, our programs are designed to support you […]

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Advancing Equity

June 15, 2022 • By

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) serves as a reminder about the factors surrounding abuse and neglect of older persons. The pandemic highlighted the disproportionate impact of tragedy on underserved communities, including seniors, who faced high rates of elder abuse, fraud, and nursing homes deaths. Fraud One recent report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation […]

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Celebrating Older Americans Month

May 31, 2022 • By

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Every May, the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the national observance of Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is “Age My Way” – with a focus on how older adults can plan to live independently for as long as possible. At USAging, this is our theme all year long! Our members lead local […]

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Survivor Benefits: Four Tips Widows Need to Know

May 27, 2022 • By

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Months before the first Social Security check was issued in 1940, lawmakers made changes to the planned benefits. Instead of the retired worker’s benefit ending when he died, his widow could collect a survivor benefit for her lifetime. Since then, the eligibility rules for survivors have improved. The age requirements are lower, surviving ex-spouses are eligible, […]

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The Affordable Connectivity Program Can Help SSI Recipients Get Internet Access

March 24, 2022 • By

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Internet access is now necessary for work, school, healthcare, and more. However, for many households, it remains unaffordable. The Federal Communications Commission wants everyone to access reasonably priced internet services. We recently launched a new program to reduce the cost of getting online. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides a discount of up to: $30 […]

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HeartBrothers Foundation is Spreading the Word About Compassionate Allowances

February 17, 2022 • By

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People diagnosed with heart failure face a challenging health journey—and the last thing they should have to worry about is finances. Many heart failure patients rely on Social Security disability benefits to help cover living expenses while they can’t work to support themselves and their families. That’s why it’s so important for people with heart […]

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Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease and How to Address Them

February 3, 2022 • By

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Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder that affects the brain cells that produce dopamine—a chemical messenger in the brain which helps control movement. When the brain cannot produce enough dopamine, symptoms can appear: Motor (movement) symptoms include issues with balance, slowness of movement, and limb stiffness. Non-motor (non-movement) symptoms include anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, and […]

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Arthritis Patients Share How It Hurts

September 30, 2021 • By

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At the Arthritis Foundation, we focus on alleviating the pain and disability caused by arthritis. We have a wealth of resources and initiatives to help you navigate your specific arthritis-related issues. Our How It Hurts report summarizes our latest findings on the impact of arthritis pain. This year’s report concentrates on three core areas: physical […]

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WEAAD 2021: Building Strong Support for Older Americans

June 8, 2021 • By

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On June 15, we come together again to commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). We continue to advocate for the rights and dignity of older adults—especially during the pandemic. We remain committed to addressing challenges—and working together with our state and federal partners to break down barriers of injustice or inequality for older adults. […]

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