advertisement
Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
Travelinglady
Legendary Wise Elder
 
Travelinglady's Avatar
 
Member Since Sep 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 48,369 (SuperPoster!)
13
23k hugs
given
Default Jan 05, 2022 at 12:16 AM
  #1
Travelinglady is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Hugs from:
SprinkL3
 
Thanks for this!
*Beth*, nonightowl, Skeezyks, SprinkL3

advertisement
Travelinglady
Legendary Wise Elder
 
Travelinglady's Avatar
 
Member Since Sep 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 48,369 (SuperPoster!)
13
23k hugs
given
Default Jul 08, 2022 at 06:44 PM
  #2
Travelinglady is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Travelinglady
Legendary Wise Elder
 
Travelinglady's Avatar
 
Member Since Sep 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 48,369 (SuperPoster!)
13
23k hugs
given
Default Jul 16, 2022 at 05:57 PM
  #3
Travelinglady is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
Travelinglady
Legendary Wise Elder
 
Travelinglady's Avatar
 
Member Since Sep 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 48,369 (SuperPoster!)
13
23k hugs
given
Default Jul 24, 2022 at 03:10 PM
  #4
How Social Security Could Change Under Biden

(Not meant to be a political issue--just what might happen)
Travelinglady is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
nonightowl
Desert Kitty hates titles
 
nonightowl's Avatar
 
Member Since Jul 2008
Location: TARDIS
Posts: 9,694
15
7,137 hugs
given
Unhappy Jul 28, 2022 at 11:16 AM
  #5
There's no "security" in Social Security. What a misnomer. It may not be around when I'm old enough. And the government often punish people who work to make ends meet by reducing their benefits.

__________________
Call me "owl" for short!


Social Security Issues

Hmmm....looks like some good tips in here.


Social Security Issues

"Okay, enough photos. I'm a very BUSY Business Kitty, so make an appointment next time."
nonightowl is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Thanks for this!
Travelinglady
Nammu
Crone
 
Nammu's Avatar
 
Member Since May 2010
Location: Some where between my inner mind and the solar system.
Posts: 72,129 (SuperPoster!)
14
54.2k hugs
given
Default Jul 28, 2022 at 11:59 AM
  #6
I canít post links but if you google Social security and cola you will see that weíre on track for the biggest cost of living increase in decades.

SS is not going to disappear anytime soon unless T**** wins and dismantles the government. Itís the Republicans that threaten all the time to do away with it and surprisingly thereís a number of people voting against themselves and their best interests by voting for the gop

__________________
Nammu
ÖBeyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. Ö...
Desiderata Max Ehrmann



Nammu is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Hugs from:
nonightowl
 
Thanks for this!
avagabor, lizardlady, Travelinglady
nonightowl
Desert Kitty hates titles
 
nonightowl's Avatar
 
Member Since Jul 2008
Location: TARDIS
Posts: 9,694
15
7,137 hugs
given
Unhappy Jul 28, 2022 at 01:40 PM
  #7
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nammu View Post
I canít post links but if you google Social security and cola you will see that weíre on track for the biggest cost of living increase in decades.

SS is not going to disappear anytime soon unless T**** wins and dismantles the government. Itís the Republicans that threaten all the time to do away with it and surprisingly thereís a number of people voting against themselves and their best interests by voting for the gop
Is this just for people currently collecting only or for future generations? Yeah I know I can just Google it but not in the right frame of mind for that right now.

Many people can't live off the meager benefits, and if you're out of work for a long time or worked in low wage jobs, your benefit is even more pathetic.

I'm always afraid those threats will come true, since any of the GOP could do that, not just Orange Man. They also wanted to cut food stamps, Medicaid. Those are lifelines for people, what little we have in the way of safety nets.

__________________
Call me "owl" for short!


Social Security Issues

Hmmm....looks like some good tips in here.


Social Security Issues

"Okay, enough photos. I'm a very BUSY Business Kitty, so make an appointment next time."
nonightowl is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Thanks for this!
Travelinglady
Nammu
Crone
 
Nammu's Avatar
 
Member Since May 2010
Location: Some where between my inner mind and the solar system.
Posts: 72,129 (SuperPoster!)
14
54.2k hugs
given
Default Jul 28, 2022 at 03:22 PM
  #8
It for current people and Iím well aware benefits are not enough as Iím on SSDI and have been so for years. Currently Iím looking into a part time job to supplement my income as I need money for a new used car as the one I have is one thing after another. Itís hard though between my deafness and my back to find something I could do.

__________________
Nammu
ÖBeyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. Ö...
Desiderata Max Ehrmann



Nammu is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Hugs from:
CANDC, nonightowl
 
Thanks for this!
Travelinglady
nonightowl
Desert Kitty hates titles
 
nonightowl's Avatar
 
Member Since Jul 2008
Location: TARDIS
Posts: 9,694
15
7,137 hugs
given
Unhappy Jul 28, 2022 at 03:28 PM
  #9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nammu View Post
It for current people and Iím well aware benefits are not enough as Iím on SSDI and have been so for years. Currently Iím looking into a part time job to supplement my income as I need money for a new used car as the one I have is one thing after another. Itís hard though between my deafness and my back to find something I could do.
I don't have enough for SSDI and no disability to qualify anyway. I'm not even old enough to collect so decided not to research it. I'm not even old enough for a discount on bus fare. They keep touting "jobs, jobs, jobs" but there's only certain types of things I could do. And those aren't plentiful to say the least.

I can't stand/walk all day or even half a day, work/drive at night, or lift/move heavy stuff. It has to be in person, not "remote" as I don't have the technology and that's only for certain work as well. With these new strain of COVID, I don't see a lot of indoor positions like before.

If I wasn't old enough to collect from my IRA I don't know what I would have done or what would have happened.


__________________
Call me "owl" for short!


Social Security Issues

Hmmm....looks like some good tips in here.


Social Security Issues

"Okay, enough photos. I'm a very BUSY Business Kitty, so make an appointment next time."
nonightowl is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Hugs from:
CANDC, Nammu, Travelinglady
CANDC
Super Moderator
Community Support Team
Community Liaison
Chat Leader
 
CANDC's Avatar
 
Member Since May 2014
Location: Northeast USA New England
Posts: 17,564 (SuperPoster!)
10
2,330 hugs
given
Default Jul 28, 2022 at 05:50 PM
  #10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nammu View Post
It for current people and Iím well aware benefits are not enough as Iím on SSDI and have been so for years. Currently Iím looking into a part time job to supplement my income as I need money for a new used car as the one I have is one thing after another. Itís hard though between my deafness and my back to find something I could do.
Used cars have really zipped up in price. Good luck with your search.

__________________
Super Moderator
Community Support Team

"Things Take Time"
CANDC is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Thanks for this!
Nammu, Travelinglady
Travelinglady
Legendary Wise Elder
 
Travelinglady's Avatar
 
Member Since Sep 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 48,369 (SuperPoster!)
13
23k hugs
given
Default Sep 04, 2022 at 02:23 PM
  #11
Travelinglady is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
bpforever1
Magnate
 
bpforever1's Avatar
 
Member Since Aug 2017
Location: earth
Posts: 2,063
6
1,598 hugs
given
Default Sep 07, 2022 at 05:01 PM
  #12
Geez, I feel blessed that I have enough food to eat, clothes to wear, and a place to sleep. I don't think I will receive SSI since I have not earned enough so I need to work until I drop dead. My parents receive SSI but it is not enough. I don't know how the elderly get by in the USA but there is not much of a social welfare system here. I feel blessed but realize the system is broke. I want to work but don't know if I will find another job.
bpforever1 is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Hugs from:
Travelinglady
nonightowl
Desert Kitty hates titles
 
nonightowl's Avatar
 
Member Since Jul 2008
Location: TARDIS
Posts: 9,694
15
7,137 hugs
given
Angry Sep 08, 2022 at 01:02 PM
  #13
Quote:
Originally Posted by bpforever1 View Post
Geez, I feel blessed that I have enough food to eat, clothes to wear, and a place to sleep. I don't think I will receive SSI since I have not earned enough so I need to work until I drop dead. My parents receive SSI but it is not enough. I don't know how the elderly get by in the USA but there is not much of a social welfare system here. I feel blessed but realize the system is broke. I want to work but don't know if I will find another job.
SSI is based on medical conditions making you unable to work. SSDI requires a certain amount of work credits, even if you have medical conditions. So if you don't have enough, you don't get it even if disabled. SSI is so draconian, you have to be practically on your last dime. And they demand a lot of proof of medical conditions, be it physical or mental, that keep you from working or working full-time.

SSDI isn't based on financial need but SSI is, yet you can't have more than a certain amount in the bank or value of total assets.

Most people are rejected when applying for either, after waiting months for approval, and an "appeal" takes forever.

I agree that the system is very, very broken here. The government punishes people for making "too much" or "over the income threshold" which is very low. If you get food stamps for example, they'll reduce your benefit if you make over a certain amount. (I know FS is not just for seniors but it's just an example)

Age requirements for SS, punitive rules for 401(k)'s, etc. I don't know how ANYONE makes it in the US unless you have a high income and strong safety net (financial and human).

The "jobs" they keep touting are too physically demanding for seniors, what with all the walking/standing or volatile working hours. They require you to already have certain skills and don't want to train now.

We stigmatize the unemployed, senior or not. In the US you're supposed to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and have a positive attitude. It will get you what you need. Sorry, but you can't tell your landlord you can't pay rent but have a positive attitude.

If not for my modest 401(k) (which has lost money because of world events) I'd be on the street or dead. I would have to work too but I don't know what I can apply for or do. A lot of employers want the sun and the moon, plus another language spoken. And they have the nerve to say they can't find enough workers to fill their vacancies.

The "economy is strong" according to the government. Well they just count CLAIMS and that's not accurate. Once you run out of unemployment, you drop out of the system and don't get counted anymore, even if still unemployed. So the unemployment rate is "low" and things are rosy.

Not everyone even qualifies for unemployment. All the fraudulent COVID claims that got through make me sick. The government uses outdated software so thieves gamed the system.

Done with my rant on this for today.

__________________
Call me "owl" for short!


Social Security Issues

Hmmm....looks like some good tips in here.


Social Security Issues

"Okay, enough photos. I'm a very BUSY Business Kitty, so make an appointment next time."
nonightowl is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Hugs from:
Travelinglady
Travelinglady
Legendary Wise Elder
 
Travelinglady's Avatar
 
Member Since Sep 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 48,369 (SuperPoster!)
13
23k hugs
given
Default Sep 15, 2022 at 04:59 PM
  #14
Travelinglady is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
nonightowl
Desert Kitty hates titles
 
nonightowl's Avatar
 
Member Since Jul 2008
Location: TARDIS
Posts: 9,694
15
7,137 hugs
given
Unhappy Sep 16, 2022 at 01:40 PM
  #15
Here's an article I read about older people trying to survive and ageism:

Help Wanted: No Over-50s Need Apply | Barron's

I'm not even old enough for stupid SS and my benefit is peanuts. If one works mostly in low paying jobs, one gets a lower benefit. If you're in high paying jobs, you get a higher benefit.

It looks at the highest 30 years of your earnings.

The article is so true. They do use language like "must be able to stand/walk for long periods", knowing very well most seniors can't do that. Or "Must be bubbly and energetic while being positive and working variable shifts as business needs dictate."


__________________
Call me "owl" for short!


Social Security Issues

Hmmm....looks like some good tips in here.


Social Security Issues

"Okay, enough photos. I'm a very BUSY Business Kitty, so make an appointment next time."
nonightowl is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Hugs from:
Travelinglady
 
Thanks for this!
Travelinglady
Travelinglady
Legendary Wise Elder
 
Travelinglady's Avatar
 
Member Since Sep 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 48,369 (SuperPoster!)
13
23k hugs
given
Default Oct 12, 2022 at 08:36 PM
  #16
Travelinglady is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Thanks for this!
nonightowl
Travelinglady
Legendary Wise Elder
 
Travelinglady's Avatar
 
Member Since Sep 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 48,369 (SuperPoster!)
13
23k hugs
given
Default Nov 24, 2022 at 07:58 PM
  #17
This Social Security move 'can alleviate, if not eliminate' the retirement crisis

It would be great if lots of people could wait until they are 70. But what if their company forces them out? I was put on Social Security as soon as I reached the earliest age, since I was on SS disability.

Do you folks know why 65 was originally set as the age to qualify for Social Security? Because not many people then lived to be that old!

I know the government is gradually increasing the age when people are eligible. They don't have any choice, since current workers are paying for Social Security for the retired folks--and we're getting fewer and fewer younger people. Many of us are baby boomers, so there are a lot of us!

I just hope the whole program is not done away with. I think people should at least get the amount of money they paid when they were working.
Travelinglady is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Hugs from:
nonightowl
 
Thanks for this!
nonightowl
nonightowl
Desert Kitty hates titles
 
nonightowl's Avatar
 
Member Since Jul 2008
Location: TARDIS
Posts: 9,694
15
7,137 hugs
given
Angry Nov 25, 2022 at 11:50 AM
  #18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Travelinglady View Post
This Social Security move 'can alleviate, if not eliminate' the retirement crisis

It would be great if lots of people could wait until they are 70. But what if their company forces them out? I was put on Social Security as soon as I reached the earliest age, since I was on SS disability.

Do you folks know why 65 was originally set as the age to qualify for Social Security? Because not many people then lived to be that old!

I know the government is gradually increasing the age when people are eligible. They don't have any choice, since current workers are paying for Social Security for the retired folks--and we're getting fewer and fewer younger people. Many of us are baby boomers, so there are a lot of us!

I just hope the whole program is not done away with. I think people should at least get the amount of money they paid when they were working.
I didn't read it, as I know I'm not old enough anyway. Yeah they want you to wait till you're a certain age to get the maximum benefit, but what if you need it sooner to LIVE???!!! The government lives in a different world. I know my benefit will MEASLY, and part of your benefit is based on your earnings. So if you had low earnings or periods of unemployment, your benefit is even lower.

Currently you have to be 62 at least, last I heard. If they keep increasing the age I'm screwed. I didn't know we have fewer young people working. Is that because of a decline in births? I didn't know about that. I thought they were decreasing the age to be eligible, because I don't recall it being 62 in the past. It was 65 I think. Also, I think it depends on what year you were born.

I've been thinking of eugenics lately. It seems they want to make it harder for disabled, poor, and older folks to survive. I know GOP wants to get rid of Medicare and SS. How are people to survive? They want you to work, but all these jobs they tout are too physically demanding for many older people. They expect you to have something else, like a company pension. Companies don't do that now; they want you to have a 401(k) and be on your own. Thanks to world conditions and COVID, my 401(k) has lost money.

Employers demand volatile hours and ability to walk/stand for hours and lift 70 lbs. I can't do that. They make it hard to even qualify for disability, as they have their arbitrary list of conditions you have to have. And they demand proof. Reject most people, then they have to appeal. I heard all this from reliable sources: People who have applied and finally got it. I even talked to a veteran who told me because he gets disability, he doesn't get certain VA benefits. They are requiring documents he doesn't have. He's been on hold for HOURS to talk to someone, only to be told to call this other number.

One can have undiagnosed conditions, but one has to go to multiple doctors to see if it's so. And how to pay for it? What if that visit isn't covered and considered "medically unnecessary"?

I don't know where this arbitrary age of 65 comes from, but it makes me want to vomit. Even for this new RSV, those age 65 and older are at risk. If you're 64 you're in the clear. I HATE the number 65 now. For many years, I was told I had to be 55 for various "senior" things. Then after that, I had to be 60 or 62. I have to be 62 to get a bus fare discount. (I'm 61) 65 for Medicare. Retailers like Ross give those 55 and older a discount but I don't have any money to spend. When I reach 65, they will tell me I have to be 70. Then 75, then 100.

The "Friendship Line' during COVID lockdowns said I had to be 60 and older to be eligible or "entitled" to feel lonely. Or disabled.

I agree that one should get the amount they had when working, but that will never happen. When I was at a big company with a lot of benefits in the 90's, we had private disability as a benefit. Everyone was covered. You'd get 60% of your earnings, way more than the government gives.

If they do away with these programs, we'll have even more tents out there. Not everybody has FAMILY or FRIENDS.

Yeah, on my soapbox again.

__________________
Call me "owl" for short!


Social Security Issues

Hmmm....looks like some good tips in here.


Social Security Issues

"Okay, enough photos. I'm a very BUSY Business Kitty, so make an appointment next time."
nonightowl is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Hugs from:
Travelinglady
Travelinglady
Legendary Wise Elder
 
Travelinglady's Avatar
 
Member Since Sep 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 48,369 (SuperPoster!)
13
23k hugs
given
Default Nov 26, 2022 at 03:27 PM
  #19
Hop on your soapbox as much as you want, owl!
Travelinglady is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Hugs from:
nonightowl
 
Thanks for this!
nonightowl
CANDC
Super Moderator
Community Support Team
Community Liaison
Chat Leader
 
CANDC's Avatar
 
Member Since May 2014
Location: Northeast USA New England
Posts: 17,564 (SuperPoster!)
10
2,330 hugs
given
Default Nov 28, 2022 at 06:01 PM
  #20
One thing I learned is if you are on disability if converts to regular Social Security at age 66 if that applies to anyone.

If you were married for 10 years or more there are provisions where you can collect spousal benefits while waiting till later to collect full benefits. I am not certain of the details but just mentioning that in case it applies to anyone.

__________________
Super Moderator
Community Support Team

"Things Take Time"
CANDC is offline   Reply With QuoteReply With Quote
 
Thanks for this!
Travelinglady
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:15 PM.
Powered by vBulletin® — Copyright © 2000 - 2024, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.



 

My Support Forums

My Support Forums is the online community that was originally begun as the Psych Central Forums in 2001. It now runs as an independent self-help support group community for mental health, personality, and psychological issues and is overseen by a group of dedicated, caring volunteers from around the world.

 

Helplines and Lifelines

The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider.

Always consult your doctor or mental health professional before trying anything you read here.