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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Combating Injustice

June 15, 2023 • By

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The COVID-19 pandemic may have led us to focus more on ourselves – and forget about checking in with others. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day reminds us about the importance of staying in touch with older persons. Elder abuse is the intentional mistreatment or harming of an older person. An older person is defined by […]

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Recognizing the Needs of People on the Autism Spectrum and Their Families

May 4, 2023 • By

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Social Security’s programs touch the lives of nearly every American. We remain steadfast in our commitment to reducing barriers to ensure people eligible for our benefits receive them. We provide income security for the diverse populations we serve, including people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Many parents and caretakers of children with […]

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U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy: Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Offers Best Protection

January 5, 2023 • By

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For nearly three years now, Americans of every age and from every community have stepped up to help keep themselves, their loved ones, their friends, and their neighbors safe from the COVID-19 virus. Millions reduced exposures, wore masks, and most importantly, got vaccinated and boosted. And because of those extraordinary efforts, our country is thankfully […]

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We Remain Committed to Serving You

August 30, 2022 • By

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Since early April, our local offices have resumed in-person services nationwide for people with and without appointments. However, you can access many services securely and conveniently online or by telephone – and often do not need to visit an office in person. Before you visit a Social Security office, check to see if you can […]

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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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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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Save Time Applying for SNAP and SSI

October 21, 2021 • By

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impose hardships, especially on people who face barriers to our services and benefits. We want you to know about other benefits you may be entitled to receive. This includes the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program – or SNAP. SNAP is a federal program – run by state agencies – that helps […]

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What Representatives Should Know About Online Video Hearings

June 24, 2021 • By

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In December 2020, we began offering online video hearings using a secure and free Microsoft Teams platform for you and your client to interact directly with an administrative law judge (ALJ). You can participate in the hearing with an internet connection using a camera-enabled smartphone, tablet, or computer. This allows the ALJ to see and […]

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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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