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Health of Older People is Tied to Motivation, Journal States

“Motivation is the royal road to understanding healthy aging,” says a new supplemental issue to The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. Motivation science investigates what it is that people desire and dislike or even fear, how these desires, dislikes, and fears are transformed into goals, how people go about pursuing these goals successfully or disengage from them if necessary, and how these processes change over time.

An elderly woman walks through town in Barbados. (PAHO Image)

Social Security Survivors Benefits Explained

We are here for surviving family members when a worker dies.  In the event of your death, certain members of your family may be eligible for survivors benefits.  These include widows and widowers, divorced widows and widowers, children, and dependent parents. 

At Home or on the Go: Social Security is Online

When you retire, if you become disabled, or if someone you depend on dies, we are there when you need us.  You can access your information, benefits, and important services from just about anywhere with your personal and secure my Social Security account.  With your my Social Security account, you can: 

Social Security Supports Small Businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic has been testing small businesses. Running a small business  can be a 24-7 endeavor. Managing employees, inventory, scheduling, services, and  marketing can be challenging even in normal times.  

Veterans and Active Duty Military Members: Social Security Has Your Back!

Every year on Veterans Day, we honor the people who risk their lives to protect our country.  Our disability program is part of our obligation to wounded warriors and their families.  Social Security is an important resource for military members who return home with injuries.  If you know a wounded veteran, please let them know about our Wounded Warriors web page,  www.ssa.gov/woundedwarriors.   

Six Millionth Meal Delivered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Through the Restaurant Meal Initiative

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) has delivered its 6 millionth meal through the Florida Restaurant Meal Initiative. The innovative partnership among DOEA, The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), 11 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), and more than 100 participating restaurants launched in April 2020 in response to COVID-19. 

Former Miami Dolphin middle linebacker John Offerdahl and his wife Lynn Offerdahl.

Sign up for Medicare Part B Online

You can sign up for Medicare Part B online! If you’re enrolled in Medicare Part A and  want to enroll in Part B during the Special Enrollment Period, please visit our Medicare  web page at www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare/. 

Celebrating a Milestone for My Social Security

We are excited to celebrate a significant milestone for my Social Security: 60 million  registrations! We thank each of you who took the time to create a personal my Social  Security account – and encouraged others to do the same. We keep improving our online services to make doing business with us easier, faster, and more accessible. 

Understanding Social Security Spouses’ Benefits

Did you know your spouse’s benefit amount could be up to 50% of your spouse’s full  retirement age benefit amount? If you qualify for a retirement benefit from your own  work history and a spouse’s record, we always pay your own benefit first. You cannot receive spouse’s benefits unless your spouse is receiving their retirement benefits  (except for divorced spouses).  

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