‘How Social Security Defines Disability’

Senior Center News
Thursday, August 9, 2018

The E & R Church Women’s Guild has donated to the Homebound or Needy Persons Nutrition Program of the Council on Aging; our thanks to the ladies.

The Seniors Association has donated to the Council on Aging meals and transportation programs this month. Their ongoing fundraiser – the sale table – is in need of new items. The Gift Basket Raffle tickets are on sale until Sept. 4. This is fun-filled and loaded with everything you can think of, and on display at the Hardin Senior Center.

Senior volunteers helped to decorate the center on Aug. 1. A pretty quilted wall hanging made by Clara Eshleman’s daughter, Lorrie, brightens up the dining room. We wish to thank our volunteers: Etta, Elaine, Clara, Miriam, Marilyn, Cliff and Margaret. New photos are in the gallery displayed by Margaret and Cliff Arbogast, and August’s Photo of the Month is of Richard Chapple. A story will follow in the future about our favorite model train collector.

In this month’s Social Security Column is information on “How Social Security Defines Disability” by David Baier, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Billings.

“Disability affects millions of Americans, in one form or another. Social Security is here to help you and your family, but there are strict criteria for meeting the definition of disability. The definition of disability under Social Security is also different than it is for other programs. We do not pay  benefits or partial or short-term disability.

“We consider you disabled under Social Security rules if:

“You cannot do work that you did before;

“We decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s);  and

“Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

“This is a strict definition of disability.

“Social Security is also required by law to review the current medical condition of all people receiving disability benefits to make sure they continue to have a qualifying disability. Generally, if someone’s health hasn’t improved, or if their disability still keeps them from working, they will continue to receive benefits.

“To help us make our decision, we’ll first gather new information about a benefit recipient’s medical condition. We’ll ask their doctors, hospitals, and other medical sources for their medical records. We’ll ask them how their medical condition limits their activities, what their medical tests show, and what medical treatments have been given. If we need information, we’ll ask them to go for an examination or test for which we’ll pay.

“Social Security is a support system for people who cannot work because of a disability. You can learn more about Social Security disability at  www.socialsecurity.gov/disability  and also by accessing our starter kits checklists at  www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/disability."

Activities coming up include the Seniors Association meeting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, bingo at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14 (sponsored by Little Horn State Bank), the birthday dinner on Wednesday, Aug. 15 and the Picnic at the Museum at noon on Friday, Aug. 17.

For the picnic, bring a side dish to share and your own plate. We provide the plastic ware and drinks.

Congregate meals are served at noon Monday through Friday. Reservations must be made ahead of time and no later than 10 a.m. the day of.

Our phone number is (406) 665-2581. We are open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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