Category Archives: SSDI Health and Wellness

Why You Should Save – Not Spend – Your Tax Refund

We’ve just survived the most popular season for advertisers and marketers, but as we enter a new year, the next big spending push is lurking around the corner:  tax refund season.  Quite a few businesses, both local and online, will be vying for your refund dollars this year.  Here’s why you should tune them all out and put that money into your savings account instead.

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Studies Confirm:  Mindfulness Can Reduce Physical Pain Without Drugs


Did you know that simply practicing mindfulness can help the chronic pain that many Social Security Disability claimants feel?  I found myself talking with a wounded vet the other day about these concepts.  In a world where doctors are quick to prescribe addictive painkillers, mindfulness is a much-needed alternative.

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The Best Gift You Can Give Your Loved Ones is Your Smile

I meet with hundreds of people every year who are going through a crisis of some sort—illness, injury, death of a loved one, loss of a job.

Some people seem to manage the crisis better than others.

Some seem to be more mentally resilient and to have more durable relationships. Some heal faster.  Some maintain their sense of humor.  But some get stuck in their pain and make every relationship toxic as if they want other people to suffer if they are suffering.

Many experts and religious leaders seem to suggest the same basic practices—mindfulness, focusing on the moment, having compassion for others, and expressing and demonstrating gratitude.

Maybe that is why everyone feels so wonderful at Christmas.  Each of these practices has a place in the traditional celebration.  Maybe that is why the celebration of Christmas starts so early!

Give yourself and your loved ones the gift of a more centered and loving you by developing some of these as daily practices.

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Medicaid:  Use It Now Because You Might Lose It Soon

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As President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares to take office, changes in Medicaid loom on the horizon.  Stakeholders are scrambling to forecast the outcome.  If you currently depend on Medicaid to pay for your doctor’s visits and medications, you will want to stop what you are doing and read this.  If you think you would qualify for Medicaid but just haven’t followed through, make this the first item on your winter To Do list.

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Unlocking Secrets: Pleasure, Happiness, Joy, Gratitude, by Sharing a Thanksgiving Meal

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My blog posts are often too long.  This one will be short. 

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Talk less.  Smile more.

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This sage advice from Aaron Burr to Alexander Hamilton in the musical, Hamilton, is solid advice for everyone.  With the election conversations behind us and the Thanksgiving conversations ahead of us, I thought this would be a great time to share some nuggets from the two-day Search Inside Yourself (SIY) leadership conference I attended in Louisville, KY earlier this month.

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New SSA Partnership Means Faster Disability Decisions for Veterans

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The Social Security Administration has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to make a change in the way disability claims by veterans are handled.  

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Total joint replacement does not guarantee Social Security Disability benefits!

As a Southern Illinois Social Security Disability attorney, I have met many people who think that if they have had total joint replacement surgery on a major joint like a knee, then they are automatically eligible for Social Security Disability benefits.  This is not necessarily the case – here’s why.

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Common Causes of Knee Pain in Social Security Disability Cases


If you are experiencing knee pain that interferes with your ability to work, it could be caused by one of these six conditions.  Review this list of possibilities with your doctor the next time you are seen for knee pain.  It could make all the difference in your Social Security Disability case.

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Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period in Illinois Has Started

On October 13, the Illinois Department on Aging put out a press release to announce the start of the Medicare open enrollment period to Illinois residents.  This is a very important period for seniors in Southern Illinois.

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