Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Definition

Jennifer E. Engen

What Is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)? Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal income benefits program that provides financial assistance to Americans with disabilities. In general, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA), benefits are paid to those who are not able to work for a year or […]

Dictionary.com Announces New Words Related to Homelessness, Accessibility, Disability, Culture, the Ongoing Pandemic, Climate and the Environment, and Social Sciences

Jennifer E. Engen

-The dictionary’s latest additions illustrate that, as the English language expands, documenting new and newly prominent words across the cultural spectrum is essential to helping people better understand a rapidly changing world -Highlights include: forest bathing, wabi-sabi, chair yoga, hamburger menu, cottagecore, UAP, Generation A, throuple, memeify, ranked-choice voting, parklet, […]

Can I Invest Social Security Disability Payments in a Roth IRA?

Jennifer E. Engen

Opening a Roth IRA can yield some tax benefits, including the ability to take tax-free qualified distributions. Compensation, also called “earned income,” is a requirement for making Roth IRA contributions. If you’re receiving Social Security disability payments, it’s important to understand when you can—and potentially can’t—make Roth IRA contributions. Key […]

The Link Between Social Anxiety and Depression

Jennifer E. Engen

Social anxiety can sometimes lead to depression, but the right support can help you manage both conditions. If you live with social anxiety, it can be tempting to avoid social situations that might cause uncomfortable anxiety symptoms. As humans, we’re programmed to keep pain at bay, after all. So, what […]

The Demise of the Social Contract in Medicine

Jennifer E. Engen

As we enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, much attention focuses on the public’s lack of trust in healthcare. Yet, virtually no one is considering how the pandemic has affected healthcare workers’ trust in healthcare organizations and our society at large. That distrust was exposed in the swift […]