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Addressing the chained CPI proposal for Social Security beneficiaries

In the following video, Christina Martin Firvida, the director of financial security and consumer affairs at AARP, addresses current threats to the U.S. budget that may cut into the benefits of those on Social Security. In it, she explains the math on how moving to a ‘chained CPI’ would hit current Social Security beneficiaries in the wallet.  She stresses that these cuts will especially hurt those who are already struggling financially. To find out how you can call or write your member of Congress to tell them not to cut your cost-of-living adjustment, go to http://www.AARP.org/governmentwatch.
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AARP puts Social Security in a nutshell

Not too long ago, the folks here at Freedom Home Care posted a video that gave a rundown on Medicare. What seemingly is a well-known program often times isn’t fully understood by those who use it. Similarly, Social Security can come with a lot of unanswered questions, which is why we sought out the expertise of the AARP to break it down. In the following video, Social Security expert Jonathan Peterson discusses his new book “Social Security for Dummies.” In it, he covers the basics and also answers specific questions surrounding when to take your benefit and how the program works.
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Taking a Social Security snapshot of Illinois

AARP has been providing the nation with resources related to its aging population since 1958. Since then, it has been a first stop for those over 65 wishing to improve their health, financial status or general way of life. In addition to providing articles and advice, the organization also produces a wealth of statistics that can offer senior citizens a better of idea of what the larger aging community is experiencing. In that regard, we here at Freedom Home Care are dedicating today’s blog to Social Security at the Illinois state level, care of AARP. 2012 Social Security Quick Facts
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Getting assistance for your aging loved one

At some point in time all children will be faced with the realization that their parents are getting old – and perhaps too old to care of themselves on their own. Before that day comes, it’s worthwhile to prepare. And thankfully, there are many outlets to take advantage of so that you don’t have to go it alone. These 10 programs (compiled by AgingCare.com) can offer so much and really require so little. All it usually takes is filling out an online application. So before you become overwhelmed with the financial and mental obligations that come with helping to care
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What the health care act means for seniors

For so many Americans who rely on Medicare and Medicaid, yesterday’s historic Supreme Court ruling was a major victory. According to the New York Times, many improvements that had initially passed in the bill early in 2010 and which could have evaporated had the law been overturned, have now been solidified into the act. Most important perhaps is the preservation of certain initiatives for advancing efforts to support elderly and disabled people in their homes, rather than in nursing homes, says the NYT. This includes the Community First Choice Option, “which assists states with the costs of in-home programs for
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