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Your own Social Security benefit will not be affected in any way if you get married, unless your potential new bride is a very high earner and her Social Security entitlement at her full retirement age (which is 66 years and 8 months) is more than twice the full benefit amount you were entitled to at your full retirement age (even though you claimed your SS earlier). In that case, you would become eligible for a spousal benefit from your new wife after you are married for one year.Read More
Gail Johnson wanted the kids to know how much they matter and how much they were missed.
So, she took pen to paper and, over a period of about two weeks in April, handwrote 267 personalized letters — one for every child on the roster — and then mailed them in personally addressed envelopes.Read More
Your wife’s survivor benefit as your widow will depend upon two things — the amount you were receiving (or were eligible to receive) at your death, and the age at which she claims her survivor benefit as your widow.Read More
You’re probably staying close to home these days. Your travel plans may be on hold, but you can continue to learn about distant places (and avoid going stir crazy!) through Road Scholar’s “Armchair Explorer” series. In this article, the Armchair Explorer looks at nine buildings that tell America’s history.Read More
They’re the Jimmy Buffett fans called Parrot Heads. They’re fans of chilled cocktails and Hawaiian shirts. You find them by the ocean and in landlocked states, getting lost in Buffett’s music. You find them in Canada, France, Australia, Mexico and Belize — just about anywhere. Including, of course, metro Atlanta.Read More
Professional futurists, government planners and senior service specialists are thinking about what life may look like for seniors, who have proved to be more susceptible to the disease, once effective treatments and/or a vaccine are developed for COVID-19.
The consensus is that connectivity, engagement and inclusiveness will all be crucial, and that, because of the pandemic, big changes are coming in where and how older adults live, ways in which they engage with technology, ways services are delivered to them, and how they will fit into the overall mosaics of their communities.Read More
Sam Massell is a prime example of the term “pillar of the community.” The Atlanta native’s early real estate career drew him into a life of civic involvement: Atlanta City Council member, Atlanta mayor from 1970 to 1974 and later, founding president of the high-profile Buckhead Coalition civic and business group, a position from which he just retired after 32 years.
Now in his early 90s, Massell says he has every intention of staying active and adds that hard work has been a hallmark of his life.Read More
Hundreds of years from now, when historians talk about us, they’ll refer to us as the soft-skin era, the time when we reverted to non-verbal and non-threatening hand signals to avoid any potential offending of someone, according to someone else, not the actual person who should be offended.
Who are these advocates for those who are may be or may not be offended?Read More
Senior education programs, such as Emory University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program, are rapidly adjusting to that new normal. “We lost a lot of students in the beginning (of the pandemic). We dropped down to about 100 students from 1,000,” said Jeffery Alejandro, OLLI program manager. “We had a lot fewer courses because instructors were reluctant to teach online. But now they’ve been missing teaching and students have been missing taking courses and the socialization.”Read More
Life goes on. That is what we keep saying to ourselves. But I think we are all getting a little sideways these days.
COVID-19 wasn’t in the bag, yet we started acting as if it never existed. Crowds on July 4 completely ignored the distancing advice and, yes, they were kids, meaning the under-25 crowd — you know, the ones who will live forever.Read More
If you collect Social Security before you reach your full retirement age (FRA), your wife’s earnings from working will not be counted toward your personal earnings limit. The earnings test looks only at your personal earnings and, if you exceed the limit, Social Security will take back some of your benefits. But only your personal earnings — as reported on your W-2 or Self-Employment tax return — count.Read More
With COVID-19 restrictions or safety practices showing no sign of letting up for seniors, it’s time to get yourself up to speed for Zoom or any other videoconferencing service. It’s as close as we’re going to get a personal interaction for the foreseeable future.
Zoom has become the go-to videoconferencing service for many families, churches and synagogues, and social and educational organizations.Read More