Thursday, May 5, 2016

SENIOR CONNECTIONS
FARMINGDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY
NEWSLETTER TOPIC OF THE MONTH
JULY/AUGUST 2016

HOW TO CREATE AN ONLINE (mySocialSecurity) ACCOUNT

Social Security Administration has established a means of creating a mySocialSecurity account by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount then following the steps.
If you receive benefits, you can:
*Start or change your Direct Deposit
*Change your address and phone number
*Request replacement Medicare card
*Get replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042 for tax purposes
*Get your benefit verification letter

You can also apply for benefits online by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov:
*Social Security retirement/spouse's benefits
*Social Security disability benefits
*Medicare
*Extra Help with your Medicare prescription drug costs
*And more

Visit us at Outreach Services room in library to get further details. (Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 10am - 12noon)

 

 


 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Senior Connections
Farmingdale Public Library
Newsletter Topic of the Month
May/June 2016

BEING MONEY SMART

We have available at our Outreach Services office at rear of library a series of ten "money smart" pamphlets published by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). They provide sound financial advice to protect the consumer and are listed as follows:

*Save Some & Spend Some
*SAVED: Five Steps for Making Financial Decisions
*Check Your Credit Report at Least Once a Year
*Understand Your Credit Score
*How to Find the Best Credit Card
*Act Fast if You Can't Pay Your Credit Cards
*How to Rebuild Your Credit
*How to Become Debt-Free
*Know Your Financial Advisor
*How to Spot Frauds and Scams

CFPB's website is :  consumerfinance.gov which offers access to a wealth of knowledge focused on protecting the consumer.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Learning To Manage Emotional Distress

SENIOR CONNECTIONS
Farmingdale Public Library
Newsletter Topic of the Month
March/April 2016

LEARNING TO MANAGE EMOTIONAL DISTRESS


For our Topic of the Month in the September/October 2015 issue of newsletter, we provided "Tips on Building Resilience in Life".

The topic in this issue of newsletter is a take off and focuses on learning to manage specific emotional distress published through our federal government.

Television or Internet coverage of upsetting events like natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or mass shootings can affect our sense of order and safety. It may even impact those with no personal connection to the situation.

If you have kids/grandkids, learning how to put the news in proper context and addressing their concerns can help them understand the situation and reduce distress.

Find out who is most at risk of emotional distress from incidents of mass violence and where to find help. If you are in emotional distress caused by recent events or know someone who is, seek help by calling the Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUS to 66746.

To obtain additional info, click on phrases highlighted in blue above and read about:
    *How to Talk to Your Child About the News
    *Incidents of Mass Violence

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Senior Connections
Farmingdale Public Library

Newsletter Topic of the Month
January/February 2016

Getting Most From Bank Accounts

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has issued a publication to help seniors navigate and decide on most meaningful banking arrangements to meet their needs.Learn how to:
  • Choose the right account for everyday needs
  • What things to consider before changing banks
  • Evaluate risks of adding others to your accounts
  • Determine difference between debit, credit and prepaid cards
  • And more
 To obtain a copy, go to: Publications.USA.gov. Click on "Money" category; Enter Search Text: "Getting Most From Bank Accounts"; then order publication. Or visit us at library to obtain a copy.





Thursday, September 3, 2015

Senior Connections
Farmingdale Public Library

Newsletter Topic of the Month
November/ December 2015

Learning Basics of Reverse Mortgages

Much has been written about pro's and con's of Reverse Mortgages. This topic of the month helps senior patrons (62 years and older), considering Reverse Mortgages, to decide what's financially and psychologically best for them and their families/heirs. The topic covers:
  * Basic Requirements
  * Government Involvement/Guidance
  * Expense/Income Analysis
  * Alternatives for Consideration

If you are interested in learning more, please visit us (Senior Connections) at Outreach Services room in library 10am-12noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. We will be glad to walk you through critical steps that are recommended before making your final decision. Please call library at 516-249-9090 to notify us in advance.
 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Senior Connections
Farmingdale Public Library
Newsletter Topic of the Month
September/October 2015
 
TIPS ON BUILDING RESILIENCE IN LIFE
 
In the June 1, 2015 issue of TIME magazine, the conclusion from brain/mind studies showed how building resilience can improve quality of life. Resilience, as explained in article, is a set of skills that make it possible for people not only to get through hard times but to thrive during and after them, as opposed to a disposition or personality type.These studies were conducted by doctors at various schools of medicine. Their conclusions were summarized in following ten tips for resilience:
 
1. Develop a core set of beliefs that nothing can shake
2. Try to find meaning in whatever stressful or traumatic thing has happened
3. Try to maintain a positive outlook
4. Take clues from someone who is especially resilient
5. Don't run from things that scare you; face them
6. Be quick to reach out for support when things go haywire
7. Learn new things as often as you can
8. Find an exercise regimen you'll stick to
9. Don't beat yourself up or dwell on the past
10. Recognize what makes you uniquely strong - and own it
 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Senior Connections

Farmingdale Public Library

Newsletter Topic of The Month

July / August  2015

Using Medicines Wisely

Medicines, if taken properly and as directed, can treat health problems and presumably help you lead a better life.  The key words in the prior sentence are "if taken properly and as directed".If this advice is not followed , medicines, which are sometimes very costly, can be harmful to your health.  The U.S. FDA has several publications concerning the use and charting of your medicines.

To review or obtain a copy of these free publications, visit publications.us.gov and in the "Enter Search Text" box enter these two numbers separately, 6078 and 5878, or visit us at the OUTREACH SERVICES room during days and hours as posted in the Library Newsletter