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Q & A with SSA – Some common questions about benefits and programs.

You have questions, we have answers

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"does it sound as if i am complaining"

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How's the Weather

"Another conversation ebb and flow"

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Count on Social Security Survivor Benefits To Protect Your Family

Tragedy strikes without warning. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 2.7 million people will die in the U.S. this year. For families who lose a wage earner, it can have a devastating financial impact in addition to the emotional one.

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Ice on a stick for these hot days

Ice pops can be a great, low-calorie treat, since it usually takes longer to eat them than it takes to drink the same volume of sugary soda.

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Here are some ideas for writing about neighborhoods that I’m using in some of my Write About Your Life classes this quarter. Join us and send me some neighborhood stories for Sharing Stories.

Discover the beauty of Appalachia on a Smoky Mountains hiking trip

The humidity was so thick you could cut it with a knife, even a plastic one would easily do the job. At this point I was trudging up a trail, sweating profusely, swatting at annoying gnats and solely focused on my discomfort. Ian, our guide, suddenly stopped the group and asked that we listen to the sounds around us for a moment.

Candy Dilemmas

When we moved to Newcastle we lived within walking distance of my maternal grandmother. I had to dress properly, but it was worth it. Grandma always had a box of Whitman chocolates in a table drawer between Grandpa’s chair and hers, and I was allowed to choose two pieces.

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How You Can Grow Your Social Security Benefits Beyond Retirement Age

For more and more Americans, reaching retirement age no longer means the end of an active working life. Over 100,000 are doing so in Washington state

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Fourth of July Memories

On my favorite fourth of July I missed the fireworks display!

"Give and Share Wherever You Are"

Wherever you go, there you are.

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According to the Census Bureau, there are nearly 57 million people living with disabilities in the United States. Thirty percent of American adults help provide care for a sick or disabled family member. And there are many right here in Washington.

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In the Northwest, rhubarb means summer

If you have an out-of-the-way corner of your garden, buy a piece of rhubarb root, stick it in the ground, fertilize it once a year, and water it once a week. You will be rewarded with a spring and summer supply every year.

Inspire Positive Aging Awards

Sound Generations celebrated the 12th Annual Inspire Positive Aging Awards by recognizing 56 inspirational older adults from diverse communities throughout King County.

Northwest Best Places to Retire Annual 'Round-Up'

Each year, Northwest Prime Time summarizes national “Best Places to Retire” lists for notable Northwest locations that achieved national acclaim as great places to live and retire.