Excellent NPR Series on Aging and Family

NPR’s new series Family Matters, covering aging, family, money, relationships, basically everything, is an inspirational and thought provoking feature on how different families survive and thrive in the old/new world of aging.

Here’s the link to the series page where you can listen to all the broadcasts http://www.npr.org/series/150002308/family-matters

There’s one particular story that caught my attention — the 12 and 14 year old great-grandkids know and are OK with the fact being part of their family means looking out for their Great-Grandma. The kids sound so well-adjusted, like it’s no big deal for them to check-in on Great-Grandma. I was smiling at the radio. Here’s the link: http://www.npr.org/2012/05/29/153705887/family-matters-pitching-in-to-take-care-of-grandma

Enjoy!

–Jeanne & MaryAnne

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Upcoming Training: SF-MHA Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One 6/19/2012

We wanted to share this upcoming training opportunity from the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHA-SF), Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring.

MHA-SF is an excellent resource for those struggling with cluttering and hoarding issues AND an excellent resource for the families and friends of those struggling with these issues.

June 19,2012 | 3:00PM – 5:00PM

St. Mary’s Cathedral Event Center, St. Francis Room

1111 Gough Street; San Francisco, CA 94109

Advance Registration Fee is $35.00

On-Site Registration Fee is $50.00

Here’s the link for more information about the training http://www.mentalhealthsf.org/programs/ichc/ichc_training.php

Here’s the MHA-SF website, check it out http://www.mentalhealthsf.org/index.php

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Where’s My Social Security Statement? Check online

During the last two years, when I’m going through paperwork with clients, they often ask, “Where’s my Social Security Statement? I used to get one every year.” The confusion arises because the Social Security Administration (SSA) used to send these statements every year, but then changed their policy to only send statements to individuals over 60 or those turning 25. See http://blog.usa.gov/post/23677243859/social-security-statements-now-available-online

If you’re older than 25, but younger than 60, that’s a long time not to know the information shown on your Social Security statement. Healthy planning for aging, at any age, requires you to keep tabs on your own finances. And this includes reviewing your Social Security statement annually to ensure the information, especially your earnings summary, is correct. If the information shown is incorrect, then you can solve that problem before you start receiving social security.

To solve the problem of the missing statement, the SSA allows you to create an online account at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement/ and view your statement online. Today, I signed up for an online account, created my user name and picked a password. I logged back into the SSA’s website and then viewed my online Social Security Statement in an easy to view and print PDF format. The SSA’s website is easy to navigate and delivered on its promises.

Now, whenever I want, I can track and confirm my annual Social Security earnings just by logging on to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement/.

All the best!

–Jeanne

 

 

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