Changes for Social Security recipients

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In this edition of Successful Aging, Linda Pritchett with “Vital” magazine discusses changes that affect people who receive a Social Security check in addition to a special forum for women who are 50 or older.

The law has changed with Social Security and every recipient must have their check direct deposited or set up on a prepaid debit card through Government Express.

The deadline to do so was March 1, 2013 and at that point, over 2 million people still had not set up to receive benefits properly.

The government is now going to start sending letters to those that haven`t complied with the law and are talking about charging a monthly fee to those that won’t set it up via direct deposit.  Letters started going out in June.

To sign up for paperless checks, call 1-800-333-1795.

The Service to the Aging Committee of the Commission on the Status of Women is planning a “50 Plus Forum” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday.  It will be held at the Greensboro Sportsplex, which is located at 2400 16th St. (2105 Pyramid Village Blvd.) off Highway 29/East Cone Boulevard.

For more information about these topics, call Pritchett’s office at 292-3875 or email