First article in a series.  When her husband died suddenly and unexpectedly from a massive heart attack, “Mary” – who asked that her real name not be used due to the sensitive nature of her story – was devastated and began spiraling downward. He was only in his late 60s and in relatively good health, she recalls. Mary fell into a severe depression after his passing. “I withdrew. I isolated myself,” said Mary, now 70, who lives in Playa del Rey, Calif. In addition to her despair, she believes the antidepressants she was taking contributed to suicidal thoughts. She attempted suicide – overdosing on powerful painkillers she had for treating arthritis, she said, and was hospitalized in 2015 and admitted to an inpatient rehab facility.
The latest issue in the What’s Hot publication series from The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — titled “Oral Health: An Essential Element of Healthy Aging” — provides evidence supporting the crucial links between oral health, systemic conditions, functional abilities, and healthy aging. In addition to calling attention to the growing recognition of the importance of oral health, the publication highlights special oral health challenges now faced by the world’s rapidly aging population. It provides a valuable and up-to-date resource for clinicians, researchers, educators, and policy-makers across disciplines to quickly bring them up to speed on key areas of concern in geriatric oral health. It also summarizes what is known to help improve geriatric oral health as well as knowledge gaps that warrant further attention in research and policy development.
It’s 2017, and that means you might be one more year closer to retirement. Whether you’re at your very first job or wrapping up a successful career, there are always new things to learn about when it comes to saving for the future. So why not make retirement planning part of your New Year’s resolution!
Social Security is always evolving to meet the needs of the American public. We’re optimistic about the future and the limitless possibilities for progress. Much of the progress we’ve made together, as a nation, is through the shared responsibility of paying Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax. This federal payroll tax funds Social Security— programs that provide benefits for retirees, the disabled, and children of deceased workers. You help us keep millions of hard working Americans out of poverty.
At Social Security, we’re always looking for ways to improve how we communicate with you. It’s been a year-and-a-half since we joined the blogosphere, and we couldn’t be happier with the content we’ve been able to provide! This blog is exactly what we envisioned: an honest conversation with you about our programs, the topics that matter to you, and how our agency can better serve you.
Faster Disability Decisions for Veterans.  Today, the Social Security Administration announces the launch of a new Health IT initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that enables all Social Security disability case processing sites to receive medical records electronically from all VA facilities. Veterans will receive a faster decision on their Social Security disability claim, speeding them and their dependents through this new process. Both agencies will save time and money with an automatic request through the eHealth Exchange.
January 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — a national holiday and a day of remembrance. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to creating and fostering equal rights for African Americans, and he died during his efforts to make his dream a reality. Many people commemorate this holiday by serving their community and giving to others who may be less fortunate. In many ways, this is what Social Security does every day, all year long.
Social Security is always innovating and improving our technology to better serve you. In an effort to meet our goal to deliver innovative, quality services, we are improving how you can check the status of your Social Security benefit application online. Placing the “Application Status” feature behind our my Social Security portal provides a secure service delivery channel that will allow the Agency to provide detailed status information without requiring a confirmation number.
Some 58 retirees have been challenged to keep adding valuable service to their communities through avenues such as the mentoring of youngsters. The call was made at a Retiree Awards Gala by keynote speaker, Rev. Rohan Ambersley on Thursday, December 1 at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon. The event was organized by the Clarendon Health Services in an effort to recognize and award the retirees who had given up to 42 years of service to health care delivery within the parish.
Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will see a slight increase in 2017.  Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $127,200 from $118,500. Of the estimated 173 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2017, about 12 million will pay more because of the increase in the taxable maximum. 
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