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A Little Known Help

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Worried. Overwhelmed. Exhausted. Stressed.

The local chapter of a health advocacy group did an informal survey of their members aimed at understanding the experience of family caregivers, those people taking responsibility to provide care to a loved one with a health need. These are spouses, adult children, nieces and nephews, even elderly parents caring for an adult child. These words describe their experience.

Caring for someone else full time is an enormous undertaking and usually so demanding that most caregivers lose sight of taking care of themselves with breaks and rest. Mixing in the emotion of caring for a family...

4 Secrets to Finding Purpose and Community After Retirement

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Generously contributed by Vital! Magazine. You can read more at www.vitalmagonline.com)

No matter how much you look forward to retirement, you may wake up the morning after your last day at work and feel sadness or anxiety. For decades, your days and weeks were structured. You knew what you had to do, where you had to be, what time you had to be there, and who you’d see when you arrived. Now you’re without that structure and community. Sometimes we don’t know what we’re going to miss until it’s gone, and structure and community are things you may be surprised...

She's Still Independent

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Contributed by: Karen L. Hurley, Estate Administration Coordinator

My cat Frank lives for routine and predictability. He doesn’t want to be fed at 7:01, he wants to be fed at 7:00 sharp. He’s not alone. Most of us learn to appreciate or maybe crave some of the repetition in life. That’s not to say that surprises can’t be fun. Most of us love an unexpected visit from a close friend, receiving a thoughtful gift, or finding a refund check in the mail! But sometimes life has a way of poking holes in our routines and presenting surprises that aren’t so...

Access My Social Security From Your Home

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By: Carol Kellam, Social Security District Manager in Salisbury, MD

With so many services available online through my Social Security, signing up for a secure account will help you conduct Social Security business from home. With your personal my Social Security account, you can:

o Estimate your future benefits with our Retirement Calculator to compare different dates or ages to begin receiving benefits;

o Check the status of your Social Security application;

o Review your work history; and

o Request a replacement Social Security card (in most States).

If you already receive benefits, you can also:

o Get a benefit...

Is it Safe to Visit Older Family Members at Home?

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Generously contributed by Vital! Magazine. You can read more at www.vitalmagonline.com

Stay at home orders are finally easing up. But is it safe to visit older friends and family vulnerable to complications of COVID-19? Phone calls and video chats are great, but what if your parent relies on you for help around the house? Managing logistics while keeping your distance is even more complex when the older person’s cognitive skills are compromised.

Balancing the risks Coronavirus may be spread both by asymptomatic carriers and those who feel sick, meaning any in-person visit carries some level of risk. But if you’ve...