Category Archives: Finances

Gambling: A Serious Problem for Many Seniors

“Seniors are the fastest growing population of gamblers. They are gambling away their income, their savings, and their chance for a secure future. When they lose, they can’t make it up or start over.  It’s a no-win game, driven by a … Continue reading

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How Much Would You Lose if the Social Security COLA Is Changed?

The proposed change to the cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for Social Security and veterans’ benefits would result in a combined $129 billion in cuts over the next ten years. This would hurt many seniors and veterans who are already living on tight budgets. AARP has … Continue reading

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Finances: How to Improve Retirement for Women

Did you know that the poverty rate among people age 65 and older is nearly twice as high for women as for men? “The GAO interviewed retirement experts and assembled a list of 22 suggestions—in Social  Security, 401(k) plans, and … Continue reading

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The Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages

“Thanks to the Great Recession, millions of older adults are entering retirement  with fewer savings, no pensions and skyrocketing health care costs. Others are  being forced into retirement before they’re ready thanks to job loss and  layoffs. The bottom line … Continue reading

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For Unpaid College Loans, Feds Dock Social Security

“According to government data, compiled by the Treasury Department at the request of SmartMoney.com, the federal government is withholding money from a rapidly growing number of Social Security recipients who have fallen behind on federal student loans…Many of these retirees … Continue reading

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Fighting Scams

From Petaluma360.c0m: “Have you ever answered the phone and heard your grandson on the line, saying that he desperately needs you to wire him money – only to find out the caller wasn’t really your grandson?  That’s exactly what happened … Continue reading

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Patty Duke Applies for Social Security in Her Pajamas

Applying for Social Security online is fast and easy. Let Patty Duke show you! [E-mail subscribers: click on the title of this post to go to the blog and see the video.]

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Social Security Act Signed on August 14, 1935

“Change and economic uncertainty was a regular part of everyday life in those days, just as it is today.  Social Security helped add some stability to American citizens who otherwise may not have had an income at all — just … Continue reading

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Help for Difficult Financial Times

  Recently, the U.S. Government launched a new section of their website called “Help for Difficult Financial Times.” There you’ll find links to all kinds of useful information about unemployment, jobs, and training; family support; housing; health care and insurance; and … Continue reading

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Avoiding Fraud

“A 2011 MetLife Mature Market Institute review of existing research and news  reports estimated elder victims lose at least $2.9 billion annually from fraud,  up 12 percent from 2008. Fraud perpetrated by strangers accounted for 51 percent  of reported cases, … Continue reading

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