Men’s Health and Social Security by Mickie Douglas Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
This year, we observe National Men’s Health Week from June 13 to 19. It so happens that Father’s Day falls on the last day of Men’s Health Week, a perfect time for focusing on health education and awareness, disease prevention, and family. Social Security encourages you to support fathers and friends everywhere in their efforts to stay healthy. The right balance of diet, exercise, regular visits to doctors and health care providers, and overall healthy living can go a long way to help everyone remain a part of your daily life for years to come. Part of staying healthy and happy is reducing the amount of stress in your life. That’s where opening a my Social Security online account can help. Our online services make doing business with us fast and easy. At my Social Security, you can: Keep track of your earnings and verify them every year Get an estimate of your future benefits, if you are still working; Get a letter with proof of your benefits, if you currently receive them; and Manage your benefits: Change your address; Start or change your direct deposit. Request a replacement Medicare card; and Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for taxseason. In some states, you can even request a replacement Social Security card online using my Social Security. Currently available in the District of Columbia, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wis- consin, It’s an easy, convenient, and secure way to request a replacement card online. We continue to add more states, so we encourage you to check www.socialsecurity.gov/ ssnumber to see where the service is available. Tell dad to check out the healthy amount of features we have to offer at www.socialsecurity.gov/ myaccount. In addition to using my Social Security, there are a number of other things you can do online with Social Security. For example, you can use the Retirement Estimator to plug in different numbers, retirement dates, and scenarios to help you decide the best time for you to retire. It’s available at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. And when that time comes, you can apply for retirement benefits online at www.socialsecurity. gov/planners/about.htm. It can take as little as 15 minutes from start to finish. In most cases, once you submit your electronic application, that’s it, you’re done—no papers to sign or documents to submit. Learn more about Social Security retirement benefits by reading our publication on the subject at www.socialsecurity.gov/ pubs. When you’re ready to retire, the best place to apply is from the comfort of your home computer, with some of your favorite music playing in the background. Now that’s a great start to a healthy retirement!
Millcreek Seniors Doing Something Positive
Although Salt Lake County has had to cut back on this year’s budget for Senior Cen- ters, we have more seniors to serve than ever before. Use of the two-year-old Millcreek Senior Center has increased markedly. “We are being asked to do more with less”, said Center Manager Bev Uipi. “But our Ad- visory Committee is stepping up with solu- tions to the problem. They are putting to- gether a Spring Boutique Sale that should raise a few hundred dollars to help meet the needs of our users.” The Committee is in the first phase of the project which is to attract vendors to the Boutique. They are contacting our own members as well as local craftspeople, art- ists and retailers to rent a table for the sale. The vendors will only pay for the table, beyond that all profits will be theirs. The sale will be on Saturday, April 23rd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to an expected 1,500 users of the library and recreation facilities on a Saturday, Millcreek will be hosting a shredding truck in their parking lot which could attract hundreds more buyers to the sale. Millcreek Senior Center is unique in Salt Lake County. Usually Salt Lake County Ag- ing Services provides reasonably priced meals for seniors typically served buffet style in auditoriums; the new Millcreek facility includes the Evergreen Café which serves meals prepared for seniors in addition to the general public. The Advisory Committee is a group of seniors who communicate with the management and are currently focused on raising money to support center members. Any resident of Salt Lake County who is 60 years or older may use the facility, which includes the Café, reading lounge, and several rooms used for the busy schedule of classes and activities aimed to provide seniors with an active, fulfilling life. For more information, contact: Bill Stockdale, 801-554-8170, firstname.lastname@example.org, Member of Advisory Committee Bill Orr, 801-487-2784, Advisory Committee Chair.