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Creativity and Health: Need a Jumpstart?

In Featured, Mental Health Resources, News by Priscilla Matthews

Can being creative lead to better health? Science says yes. Really. Many studies in recent years link creativity to improved overall and mental health. Benefits of engaging in creative activities can include: You don’t have to be an artist to be creative. One person may be creative with a home repair or remodeling job. Another may plant and nurture a …

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Clubhouses: Offering Hope to People with Mental Illness

In Featured, Mental Health Resources, News by eri

We all need a place where we feel like we belong, people we feel connected to, and to know we’re needed and valued. Meeting these needs can be especially challenging for people who experience mental illness. Fortunately, Clubhouses empower people with mental illness opportunities to lead more fulfilling, productive lives. Through working with others as valued participants, Clubhouse members develop …

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Mental Health Month 2019: The Mind-Body Connection

In Featured, Mental Health Resources, News by eri

What do animal companionship, spirituality and religion, humor, work-life balance, and social connections all have in common? They’re all ways to boost mental health and general wellness. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as …

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Unknown Assets and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Benefits Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Tax Resources by eri

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries occasionally learn they own a countable asset they weren’t aware of. For example, a beneficiary may discover that a relative had purchased stock for them and it has a cash value. In this type of situation, Social Security first determines if the SSI beneficiary has: If so, the asset is a countable resource for SSI, …

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Social Security, Benefits and Taxes

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Tax Resources by eri

Benefits Specialists normally do not assist clients with their taxes unless they are qualified tax preparers. However, they should have a general knowledge of how Social Security benefits may affect a person’s taxes and what credits may be available to their consumers. Title XVI and Title II Benefits are Treated Differently All Title XVI (Supplemental Security Insurance or SSI) payments …