A Call to Teach Our AAPI Seniors About Social Security

two women on laptopAs we approach the new lunar year of the Rooster, we have a unique opportunity to alert our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) seniors about Social Security benefits and eligibility — like the rooster issues its daily morning call.

I believe that we as a society are judged by how we care for the least among us, especially our elderly.

The latest census data reveal that Social Security reduces the overall percentage of seniors living in poverty from 40.5 percent to 8.8 percent. It lifts 15 million seniors out of poverty!

Of the nearly 38 million beneficiaries aged 65 and older, roughly 1.4 million seniors are from the AAPI community, and this number is expected to increase in the coming years.

Sixty-five percent of AAPIs aged 65 and older receive Social Security benefits, including 28 percent who rely on it as their primary source of family income and 9 percent who rely on it as their only source of family income.

Social Security treats AAPI seniors with dignity and is sensitive to cultural and language challenges. There are more than 1,700 AAPI bilingual employees providing services in many Asian and Pacific Islander languages and dialects.  Social Security also provides free interpreter services to limited English proficient AAPIs in their preferred languages and they supply publications in Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.  Social Security makes it easy for AAPI seniors to take full advantage of the programs and services available to the public.

But this can only happen if our AAPI seniors — many of whom are culturally isolated and have higher poverty rates than the national average — understand how Social Security is with them through life’s journey.

So let us all take the time to crow a wake-up call to our seniors who may not know about everything Social Security has to offer them!

About Lisa J. Ling, Host of This is Life, with Lisa Ling on CNN

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34 thoughts on “A Call to Teach Our AAPI Seniors About Social Security

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  4. Hello! I will be 64 in May Im considering appling for my benfits but Im still working with other retirement funds What is the amount of money you can make with out being penalized and how is that determined

    • Hi Carolyn. You can only create a my Social Security account using your own personal information and for your own exclusive use. You cannot create or use an account on behalf of another person, even if you have that person’s written permission. If your mother needs help managing her Social Security benefits, you may be interested in applying to become her Representative Payee. As a representative payee, you will have access to your mother’s records and the ability to update her account information when need it.
      A face-to-face interview is required when applying to be someone’s representative payee. If you have specific questions, or to make an appointment with the local Social Security office, please call 1-800-772-1213 Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and speak to one of our representatives. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call later in the week.
      Please read our publication: A Guide For Representative Payees for more information. Thanks!

    • Thank you for contacting us, James. Unfortunately, and because of security reasons, we do not have access to personal records in this blog and cannot assist you.

      In your personal, my Social Security account, you can check your benefit and payment information. In the Payment Details section, the Payment History tab allows you to view and print your current benefit and payment information as well as historical information for the past two years.

      If you are unable to create an account or encounter a problem, you may call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778), Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the voice prompt, say “helpdesk” or you can contact your local Social Security office.

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