Boomers & Beyond

Wed
03
Jun

What’s the max-out monthly Social Security payment?

Your Social Security
Rhonda Whitenack and Jim Czechowicz
 
Q: I’m planning my retirement. What is the maximum Social Security benefit I might receive?

Mon
01
Jun

Back-and-brakers risk broken boats

This guy’s doing it right. Insurance companies get claims from the backers-and-brakers who don’t want to get out of the car to untrailer their boats — after the hull hits the cement. (submitted photo)
This guy’s doing it right. Insurance companies get claims from the backers-and-brakers who don’t want to get out of the car to untrailer their boats — after the hull hits the cement. (submitted photo)

Make sure that as you take the boat out, whether it's just loaded with you and your fishing gear or the family and grandkids, that you're all safe.

Sun
03
May

Simple tips to lose weight and improve your health

While a healthy lifestyle can certainly help you get the body you always wanted, the benefits extend well beyond your appearance, experts say.

Sun
03
May

Are you reaching for the right pain medication?

The effects of your painkiller medication may be worse than the pain you’re actually treating.  (Courtesy of Khamkula - Fotolia.com)
The effects of your painkiller medication may be worse than the pain you’re actually treating. (Courtesy of Khamkula - Fotolia.com)

The use of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin is on the rise and this trend is taking its toll. Opioids account for 46 deaths each day in the United States -- more than any other drug.

Mon
06
Apr

Tips for tracing your family’s past

Learning about your ancestry can be a fun, and sometimes challenging, adventure.
Learning about your ancestry can be a fun, and sometimes challenging, adventure.

Were your ancestors humble farmers or wealthy nobility? Did they travel to find their fortune or have they always lived close to your current home? Exploring your genealogy can be fascinating.

Tue
03
Mar

Anatomy of a tax scam: a number, a threat, a payoff

It comes out of the blue: a voice on the phone telling you owe the IRS money.

If you pick up the phone with a live operator or are so flustered you call a number left on voicemail, you may find yourself talking to:

Mon
09
Feb

Think home upgrades are out of reach? Think again!

Programs that help seniors keep their homes upgraded and safe are available in Dakota County. (submitted photo)
Programs that help seniors keep their homes upgraded and safe are available in Dakota County. (submitted photo)

Thanks to volunteers and nonprofit organizations throughout the Twin Cities, seniors who can no longer get up on ladders, get down to repair damaged floors or afford to pay for the repairs needed to help keep them in their homes have a helping han

Thu
08
Jan

‘When should I retire?’ and other questions

Jim Czechowicz and Rhonda Whitenack, Social Security public affairs specialists in the Twin Cities, offer the following questions they’ve received lately and the answers they offer.

Thu
11
Dec

Lucky enough to be heading to warmer climes this winter? Stay savvy about the sun.


Submitted photo

You may be on vacation, but your skin isn’t.

Travelers should be aware that ultraviolet  radiation from the sun -- even on such a brief jaunt as a several-day beach vacation -- plays a significant role in the development of skin cancer.

Tue
02
Dec

See clearly in the car, on the pathway and at home


The natural enemies of winter workouts? Not necessarily. (submitted photo)

When the cold of winter settles in, it can bring a wide range of problems, especially for those who wear glasses.

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