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Savvy Senior - How to Claim Social Security Benefits During the Pandemic
11/18/2020 1:35:35 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, With my local Social Security offices being closed due to COVID-19, what is the best way to apply for my Social Security retirement benefits? Approaching 62   Dear Approaching, Because of the pandemic, all Social Security field offices across the country have been closed since March, so you can’t just walk-in, talk to a counselor and apply for benefits in person right now. But there are other ways to claim your benefits that are much easier and quicker. Here’s what you should know.   How to Apply? The easiest and most convenient...

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris: Forging a new path for our girls
11/18/2020 1:24:29 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA “Brecklynn, when you think about the future, I do believe the future is bright. And it will be because of your leadership, and it will be because we fight for each person’s voice through their vote and we get engaged in this election—because you have the ability through your work, and through, eventually, your vote, to determine the future of our country and what its leadership looks like.” –Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, responding to a question in the Vice Presidential debate from Utah eighth...

FDA panel reviews first new Alzheimer's drug in two decades
11/12/2020 7:39:13 PM

By Marilynn Marchione and Matthew Perrone   WASHINGTON (AP)—One of the biggest drug decisions in decades is looming as U.S. regulators consider whether to approve the first medicine that's claimed to slow mental decline from Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. A panel of outside experts meets Friday to advise the Food and Drug Administration on aducanumab, a drug from Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Biogen Inc. and Japan's Eisai Co. FDA doesn't always follow the panel's advice but usually does and has until March to decide. The drug...

‘Exactly what do you mean when you say “more perfect”…?’
11/12/2020 7:33:45 PM

By L Ron Brooks   THE HEARTLAND—I ran down to Target on Saturday; some idiot had brought home 1-ply TP from a previous errand run and found himself unexpectedly preparing to receive 2-ply houseguests. And I pulled into the parking lot and saw something I hadn’t seen since I don’t reckon I can recall: Cars! As far as I could see. I found a place several rows farther away than I’d been accustomed to sliding into over the last six months. Rounding the corner of the store; sure enough, the other lot was jammed, too. I went into the store, thinking it was...

How to Track Down Old Friends Online
11/12/2020 7:32:17 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, I’m interested in tracking down some old friends I’ve lost touch with over the years but could use some help. What websites can you recommend that can help me find them? Tracking Tom   Dear Tom, Thanks to the Internet, tracking down long-lost friends from many years ago is relatively easy to do and, in most cases, it won’t cost you a cent. Here are some tips and online tools to help you get started.   Remembering the Details Before you begin your search, a good first step is to jot down any information you can remember or...

Honoring Rev. C.T. Vivian’s Legacy
11/5/2020 9:41:13 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT EMERITA   My much beloved friend Rev. C.T. Vivian was a leader in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a role model for so many of us in the 1960s era of civil rights activism, and a mighty and indispensable long haul moral warrior for justice. He was also a treasured personal friend known for being unfailingly gracious, generous, warm, and loving. I keep a photo in my home office of C.T. with my whole family taken when my husband Peter and I took our children and...

Savvy Senior - How Seniors can Save Money on Prescription Eyeglasses
11/5/2020 9:38:54 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you recommend for finding affordable prescription eyeglasses? I used to have vision insurance through my work but lost it when I turned 65 and signed up for Medicare. Need Spectacles   Dear Need, Unfortunately, in 2020 it’s still true that original Medicare does not cover vision services, which includes routine eye exams and prescription eyeglasses – unless you’ve just had cataract surgery. While there’s no one solution to this common need, here are a few tips that can help you save.   Medicare...

Things have a way of catching up with me
11/5/2020 9:37:05 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   THE PARSONAGE—I have learned in my life, and probably just one thing: things have a way of catching up with me. I can't get away with anything. It's not that I don't try. There were a few times when I've come pretty close to getting away with something, but it didn't turn out the way I hoped. One example stands out. Last year someone hacked into the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage’s bank account and purchased a case of wine for around $700. It took her a few days to see this in her bank account. When she saw it, she...

Illinois woman, 99, has voted every election since 1944
11/5/2020 9:35:29 PM

PEKIN, Ill. (AP)—A 99-year-old central Illinois woman has voted in every presidential election since 1944, casting her latest ballot on Friday. Harriet Harris of Pekin cast an early ballot after driving herself to a community center in Tremont. A few election workers and voters clapped when she was done, according to The (Peoria) Journal Star. Harris said she studied a sample ballot at home so she was ready to make her choices. Over the years, she has had to make adjustments while voting, including getting used to new technologies. “The electronic age has passed me...

Savvy Senior - What happens to Medicare if Obamacare/ACA is overturned?
10/28/2020 5:09:15 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, Will my Medicare benefits be affected if Obamacare is overturned by the Supreme Court? Concerned Beneficiary   Dear Concerned, Unfortunately, yes. If the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—also known as Obamacare—gets repealed by the Supreme Court next year, it will weaken Medicare and increase costs for beneficiaries. Here’s what you should know. Currently, about 60 million people are covered under Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older and people of all ages with disabilities. Even though the main aim of the...