Social Security Announces 1.6 Percent Benefit Increase for 2020
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 69 million Americans will increase 1.6 percent in 2020, the Social Security Administration announced today.
The 1.6 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 63 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2020. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2019. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits). The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $137,700 from $132,900.
Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail in early December about their new benefit amount. Most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their my Social Security account. People may create or access their my Social Security account online at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.
Information about Medicare changes for 2020, when announced, will be available at www.medicare.gov. For Social Security beneficiaries receiving Medicare, Social Security will not be able to compute their new benefit amount until after the Medicare premium amounts for 2020 are announced. Final 2020 benefit amounts will be communicated to beneficiaries in December through the mailed COLA notice and my Social Security’s Message Center.
The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.
Special Luncheon sponsored by CDPHP
The Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will hold a Special Luncheon (Walking Tacos) on Wednesday, Oct 16th at noon. Following lunch, there will be music by Brian Zapel, sponsored by CDPHP. All residents 60 and older are encouraged to come and sing along, or join in with the dancing. This is free entertainment. Lunch is served daily at the center for a suggested $3 donation. Call 518-279-3413 to be added to the list.
Everett Wagar Senior Center – Weekly calendar
2 Roxborough Road, Grafton , NY.
Oct 21 – 9:00 Shopping Day, 10:00 Chair Yoga, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Chicken Pattie Melt); Oct 22 – 9:30 swimming, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Pot Luck), 1:00 Cards/Games; Oct 23 – Mani/Pedi by Appt, 10:00 Chair Yoga, 11:00 Craft Time, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Bacon Cheeseburger), 1:00 Cards/Games; Oct 24 – 9:30 Swimming, Quilting Group, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Cold Ham Plate), 1:00 Cards/Games; Oct 25 9:45 Chair Yoga, 12:00 Congregate Lunch (Fish Loin); 12:30 Birthday Celebration and Trivia
Sand Lake Senior Club
The regular meeting for the Sand Lake Senior Club will be on October 10, 2019 at The Church of The Covenant in Averill Park on Route 43 at 12:00. We will be holding our election of Officers and Committee Chair-persons. We will have a light luncheon following the election. On October 22, we will be having a day trip to the Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House in Holyoke, Ma. “Octoberfest with the Schnitzel Brothers”. On November 21, a go to luncheon at Paolo Lombardi’s Ristorante. Reservations will be available at our October and November meetings. Our Christmas Party will be held on December 7 at the Poestenskill Fire House. We are in the planning stages for next year’s trips and luncheons, so come and be a part of it.
Rensselaer Senior Center September-October Events
We are open from 9am to 3pm Monday Thru Friday on East And Herrick Streets in Rensselaer
October 17th – Tea Party and Sock Doll Kickoff with Community Service at 12:30pm (Bring Your Own Tea Cup) Call for reservations (518) 463-2166
October 22nd – Octoberfest At The Log Cabin w/ The Schnitzel Brothers (Sign Up Now) ($72 All Inclusive) Call for reservations (518) 463-2166
October 23rd – Sign Up For Log Cabin Trip “Blue Christmas” on December 5th Feat. Rod Stewart And Elvis Pressley Tribute Artists ($72 All Inclusive)
October 31st- Special Dinner W/ Bobby T (Costume Parade W/Prizes) (Meatloaf Dinner) Public Hearing at 12:30 pm Call for reservations (518) 463-2166
Sign Up now for SUNY Culinary School. Limited Seats Call Center For More Information ($55 All Inclusive)
Always looking to receive Donations of good and gently used clothing and shoes for our corner boutique all proceeds benefit seniors
Grafton Fitness Opportunities
Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, has several opportunities to keep our residents 60 and older in shape. Chair Yoga is offered 3 times a week at no charge. This is a low-impact workout for the body and mind. Aerobic Swimming is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Bennington Rec Center with transportation. Water aerobics offers a resistance and buoyancy that cannot be experienced on ground. The center has a small exercise room with a treadmill and stationary bikes. Regular exercise reduces the risk of injury, decreased symptoms of depression, and improves mobility. Regular exercise can lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles, correct body posture, relieve pain and promotes weight loss. Residents 60 and older are encouraged to get into a good exercise routine. For more information, call the center at 518-279-3413.
Senior Domino Group Seeks More Players
The Town of East Greenbush Senior Domino Group meets each Wednesday from 12-3 PM in the Town Hall Community Room.
Join in the fun by stopping by any Wednesday to check it out! You do not need to be an experienced player. They will teach you. For questions call 518-477-4194.
Weekly meetings every Tuesday at 1pm at the Sullivan-Jones Post in Poestenkill. All seniors are welcome. Coffee and refreshments are served after the meeting, followed by Bingo and cards. The hall is handicapped accessible with sufficient parking. The Poestenkill Seniors have catered lunches, pizza, clam steams, fish fries and luncheons at various restaurants, informational talks on senior safety and bus trips to casinos, theaters and other points of interest.
Rensselaer Senior Center Community Service Volunteers Needed
Looking For Dedicated Seniors To Help With our Community Service Program Every Thursday After Lunch. Making Afghans and Lap Robes For People in Nursing Homes Stuffed Animals For The Pediatric Departments in hospitals and emergency rooms Heart Pillows for Heart and Lung Surgery patients This Is a Very Rewarding Program and we are Needing A Few More Angels to keep this program in place or if you are homebound and willing to Crochet or knit from home to help us out then Please Call us if Interested We Are Open Monday thru Friday 9am-3pm We are Located in Rensselaer on East And Herrick Streets Call For Further Info. 518-463-2166
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Rensselaer County NY Connects
Rensselaer County NY Connects provides long term services and supports which includes a range of services and supports that can help people of all ages remain independent in their daily lives. Long term services and supports are both medical and non-medical services that help to maintain or improve daily functioning and health. Finding the right services and supports to meet your needs can be very confusing. NY Connects is a trusted place that gives you information about available options whether you are paying for services yourself, through insurance, or are eligible for a government program. NY Connects serves anyone who needs information on long term services and supports. NY Connects staff can also help link you to available long term services and supports. Contact Rensselaer County NY Connects at 270-2767.
Run date 8/29-10/31
AARP Tax Aide Program
AARP Tax Aide Program is looking for volunteers. The Tax Aide Program is a free tax preparation service for all members of our community. There are many opportunities that are available for our volunteers. Tax Preparers work directly with the tax payer to complete their tax return. Client Facilitators welcome taxpayers and help organize their paperwork. Technology Coordinators manage computer equipment. Local Coordinators who manage the site, volunteers and schedules. Communications Coordinators who help recruit new volunteers. We have sites in Columbia and Rensselaer Counties. Volunteers will receive training. To become a volunteer you will need to register for the Tax Aide Program. You can register at NYTaxAide.org. In the upper right of the window click on Volunteer with AARP Tax-Aide link and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Seeley at email@example.com.