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Savvy Seniors: 80 Years of Social Security Act

On August 14, 1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. In addition to the program we now think of as Social Security, it included unemployment insurance, old-age assistance, aid to dependent children and grants to the states to provide various forms of medical care.

Savvy Seniors: July 2015

A recent publication from the Michigan Attorney General's office can help prevent consumer scam, particularly those targeting Michigan's older adults.   PROTECT YOURSELF, PROTECT YOUR FUTURE includes tips on protecting your personal information and reducing your exposure to identity theft, including directions for getting your name off unwanted telemarketing and junk mail lists and for exercising your right to receive free annual credit reports. The information and advice in this Guide is supplemented by other free publications of interest to consumers. You can view Michigan Senior Brigade's consumer alerts online by visiting their website, www.michigan.gov/ag or by calling the Consumer Protection Division, toll-free, at 1-877-765-8388.

Savvy Seniors: May is Older Americans Month

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Older Americans Act into law in July 1965. Since that time, the Act has provided a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible.  Canton Public Library offers a variety of services to residents over the age of  62 such as  Books by Mail,  a Large Print Collection, large screen computer monitors with user friendly keyboards and mouses, Low Vision Magnifiers, and an Optelic Reader. The Canton Seniors Book Discussion group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 2:00-3:00pm.

Savvy Seniors: February 2015

Canton Leisure Services/Club 55+ is offering Tax Preparation Services sponsored by AARP. Tax preparation appointments are being taken. The first available appointments will begin February 2. Call the Club 55+ Desk at 734-394-5485 to schedule an appointment.

Savvy Seniors Canton Leisure Services Focus Group

Area adult residents are invited to attend a special focus group on Wednesday, January 28,2015 at the Summit on the Park to provide input on programming opportunities, special events, and continuing education for Canton's adult population. The focus group will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Parkview Room. Participants are asked to RSVP by January 26, by calling 734-394-5360.

2014 Tax Forms

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1040 forms are here. This is the only form that will be available at CPL. No instruction booklets will be available from the government due to budget cuts. They are available online at www.irs.gov or by calling 1-800-829-3676.

State

MI-1040 BK Income Tax & Property Tax Credit Claim
MI-1040CR-7 BK Home Heating Credit Claim
These forms have arrived. These are the only forms that will be available at CPL.
State forms can be obtained online at www.michigan.gov/taxes

If you would like tax forms mailed to you...

Federal

Call 1-800-829-3676 or go to www.irs.gov

State

Call 1-517-373-3200 or go to www.michigan.gov/taxes

Holiday Fun with a Michigan Activities Pass

Looking for family activities during the holiday break? Library patrons can use their library card online to print a pass allowing them complimentary or reduced cost access to arts and cultural organizations across the state. Canton Public Library card holders may login to print a pass at the MAP website.

Savvy Seniors: November 2014

November is American Diabetes Month.  Diabetes disproportionately affects older adults. Approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 60 years have diabetes, and aging of the U.S. population is widely acknowledged as one of the drivers of the diabetes epidemic. 


Diabetes rescue diet: conquer diabetes naturally while eating and drinking what you love—even chocolate and wine! by Mark Bricklin

There is a cure for diabetes: the 21-day+ holistic recovery program by Gabriel Cousens ; forewords by Sandra Rose Michael and Brian R. Clement

The American Diabetes Association vegetarian cookbook: satisfying, bold, and flavorful recipes from the garden by Chef Steven Petusevsky, author of The Whole Foods Market Cookbook

Type 2 diabetes [videodisc]: a case for cardiovascular intervention by produced in cooperation with the American Association of Diabetes Educators

Savvy Seniors: Pass It On

The Federal Trade Commission (aka FTC) is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace. They have created PASS IT ON  an FTC website containing articles, presentations, video, and activities — with information about scams and pass on some information that could help someone you know.  Health, finances, privacy are just some of the issues they focus on.  There is a link to the FTC for individuals wanting to report a scam.

Savvy Seniors: September 2014

Did you know that knee replacement is the most common joint surgery, and that it’s becoming more widespread among boomers and adults over 75? A new topic from NIHSeniorHealth.gov, Knee Replacement, offers videos, quizzes, FAQs and more for older adults who may be considering knee replacement or who just want to know more.  Or check out these alternatives.

Gentle yoga arthritis by featuring contributions by Laurie Sanford and Nancy Forstbauer

Arthritis RX [videodisc]: exercises to keep you active and pain-free by director, Ernie Schultz

The complete guide to healing arthritis by Deborah Mitchell

Yoga for the rest of us [videodisc]: easy yoga for arthritis by Cappy, Peggy

Savvy Seniors

Wayne County Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped's Brown Bag Book Club will meet Tuesday, August 12, Noon to 2 PM.

This month they are discussing The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty and Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman.

 Coffee will be served. Please bring your own lunch. Meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Library for the Blind, 30555 Michigan Avenue in Westland.

Savvy Seniors: July 2014

The NIHSeniorHealth website was recently redesigned with a more updated look and feel while retaining its senior-friendly format. They’ve added a search function to make it easier for you to find information on their website and on other reputable websites. Users can make the text bigger, the contrast better, even make the site "talk". 

Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracies: fact or fiction? Some are believable, others stretch the outer limits of credulity. Which are which? You, the reader, decide.

Collected Conspiracies

The new hate: a history of fear and loathing on the populist right by Arthur Goldwag

Among the truthers: a journey through America's growing conspiracist underground by Jonathan K

63 documents the government doesn't want you to read by Jesse Ventura, with Dick Russ

Secret societies [videodisc]: the dark mysteries of power revealed by produced by Content Inc. and Imagen Satelital/Infinito Channel

Circle of intrigue: the hidden inner circle of the global Illuminati conspiracy by Texe Marrs

Conversations with Caregivers

Shiffman Medical Library Outreach presents Conversations with Caregivers, an all-day workshop covering a wide range of topics such as Avoiding Legal &  Financial Pitfalls as Caregivers, Helping People Assess and Talk About Health Care Choices, and Successful Aging: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Crisis-Driven Aging Decisions.  The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History from 9:30AM-3:00PM.  For more information call: 313-577-9083.

Savvy Seniors: February 2014

FREE TAX COUNSELING

Canton Seniors Center
is offering free tax counseling on Tuesdays through April 15.  Morning and afternoon appointments are available with a tax counselor volunteer. Joint return appointments must be scheduled for mornings only. Call the Canton Senior Center desk at 734-394-5485 to schedule an appointment today! This an AARP-sponsored service.

Savvy Seniors: Social Security Field Office Service Changes Coming

Later this year, local Social Security offices will stop providing Social Security number printouts and benefit verification letters. People needing proof of their Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits can get verification letters online instantly through a my social security account. They also can get one mailed to them by calling our toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).