Get Ready to Retire, like Sábado Gigante

Don Francisco filming his showFor 100 million viewers, it’s the end of an era. After 53 years on air, Sábado Gigante last aired on September 19. With fans in more than 40 countries around the globe, Sábado Gigante was the longest-running variety show in television history.

Don Francisco hosted his last Sábado Gigante, bidding farewell to the faithful audience, including people of different generations. Among them are adults who grew up watching the show with their parents and grandparents. Some of them are retired themselves.

Don Francisco holds a special place in our hearts at Social Security. In 2011, he joined our team in promoting our online services to our Spanish language customers!

If you’ve been thinking about your retirement, let Social Security guide you into retirement.

First, use our Retirement Estimator to estimate your future benefits. Then, apply for Social Security benefits online. Finally, you can sign up for a my Social Security account. Setting up your own, personal my Social Security account is convenient and secure. You’ll have access to your Social Security Statement, and once you start receiving benefits, you can view your benefit verification letter.

If Spanish is your language of choice, Don Francisco would tell you our online services make it easy for you to begin your Someday today!

As the curtain closes on the last Sábado Gigante, think of what you’re doing to take that final bow into retirement. It’s an Adios to the old working life and a Hola to a beautiful bright new future!


24 thoughts on “Get Ready to Retire, like Sábado Gigante

  1. Nice article! I was a viewer and was very sad to see them leave. However, life goes on and new challenges and experiences will come to all.

  2. It’s necessary the renew the programs on TV Spanish Show. The host of “Sabado Gigante” did many errors with some employee, for example “The former man of the Trumpet” that life in Chile spoke about discrimination with him during many years ago. I think that he never was a person with transparency in your long life. He was a civil problem in a Court Room in Chile a few years ago with a presumptive son there and the results of the ADN and using money for a relative in order to have a negative results. It’s the history that we know from the news.

    • To Lic Pierre Millet: You are missing the point. Despite any personal flaws that he may have, “Don Francisco” was a character that had a TV show that lasted for 53 years and reached millions of people all over the world. He is the best person to communicate to the Spanish-speaking public and carry the mission to them about Social Security. I am glad that the leadership of the Social Security Administration chose him to reach out to all Spanish-speaking people with information regarding the benefits of Social Security.

    • Lic Pierre Millet, I agree with Sandra, you are totally missing the point. Social Security Administration chose Don Fransisco because he is a huge Hispanic figure in the United States T.V. and around the world. He has always represented and have been a big part of the Hispanic communities as well, and regardless of his personal problems, he has touched many hearts of Hispanics, Americans, and many other cultures, but the human factor of some individuals, always have to bring in the personal problems of others and the negative energy to try to take down those that are highly recognized as model people. Social Security is meaning something else such retirement benefits that are available for the Hispanic community as well and the agency is encouraging those Hispanics that qualify, to apply for the Social Security benefits, to apply because Hispanics in this country have the right to apply for benefits if they qualify, but you cannot Lic Pierre Millet, understand the fact, hope you get it soon, have a great day and enjoy September, “the Hispanic Heritage Month”

  3. Are you kidding me! I could apply and not be turned down again, if so that would be great so tell me where do I start and what will I need to get this party started? Debra

  4. I will be 70 in Nov11,2017 about what percentage will you take out of unpaid taxes in my Gia is their a way that I can a stop a lump sum with drawn? Can take a monthly check rather than a lump sum withdrawn .

  5. How much notice does your department need for you to process my first retirement payment before I turn seventy years old?
    Thank you,

    • Thank you for your question Dennis. Our system is set up to take applications three months in advance. You can now apply online, when you are ready, you can complete the online application for Social Security retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes. Processing your application is quick and payments are set up within days after the information you provide is verified, and your application is approved.
      Remember that benefits are paid the month after they are due. So, for instance, if your benefits begin with the month of October, you will receive your first benefit payment in November. The exact payment date is determined by your date of birth. For future pay dates, check out the schedule of Social Security benefit payment calendar.
      We also advise people to file for Medicare benefits three months before age 65 – even if you plan to continue working. For more information about applying for Medicare only and delaying retirement benefits, visit Applying for Medicare Only – Before You Decide.
      In the meantime, you can create a my Social Security account to review estimates of your retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, your earnings record, and the estimated Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid. Happy planning !

  6. Why do you have a black mother and child in the masthead for email. Couldn’t you at least change it and have it rotate to show White people, Asian people, Hispanic people, etc.? I suppose Blacks are the only ones that matters to the Social Security Administration.

  7. Really George! If there were white people would you have made that comment? Look beyond the color and utilize the important information provided. That is the purpose of the website. Maybe you just look at the pictures.

    • We’re pleased we can help. We will continue our efforts to meet your expectations in the years to come. Thank you for using our electronic services and our blog to communicate with us !

    • Hi Yolanda. If you continue receiving disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, we will automatically convert your disability benefits to retirement benefits, when you attain your Full Retirement Age. You do not have to apply. The benefit amount will generally remain the same.

  8. Social Security Amendment of 2016

    Free Disability Insurance Reallocation Tax (DIRT) Act

    To immediately amend the DI tax rate from 1.80% to 2.30%, from 0.90% to 1.15% for employees and from 0.90% to 1.15% for employers under Sec. 201(b)(1)(S) of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)II§401 and amend the OASI tax rate from 10.60% to 10.10%, from 5.30% to 5.05% for employees under 26USC(C)(21)(A)§3101 (a) and from 5.30% to 5.05% for employers under 26USC(C)(21)(A)§3111 (a) to avoid depletion of the Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund in 2016 without increasing the overall 12.4% OASDI or 15.3% OASDI and Hospital Insurance (HI) tax-rate under 26USC(A)(2)§1401 beginning October 1, 2015.

    To amend the DI tax rate again in 2018 to 2.20% from 2.30%, from 1.15% to 1.10% for employees and from 1.15% to 1.10% for employers under Sec. 201(b)(1)(S) of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)II§401 and amend the OASI tax rate from 10.10% to 10.20%, from 5.05% to 5.10% for employees under 26USC(C)(21)(A)§3101 (a) and from 5.05% to 5.10% for employers under 26USC(C)(21)(A)§3111 (a) without increasing the overall 12.4% OASDI or 15.3% OASDI and Hospital Insurance (HI) tax-rate under 26USC(A)(2)§1401 to maximize efficiency until a deficit appears in the OASI Trust Fund in 2019.

    Be it enacted by the Actuary, Commissioner and Treasury (ACT)

    Without Income Limit Law (WILL) Act

    To abolish the maximum taxable limit on DI contributions on January 1, 2016 and OASI contributions January 1, 2017 and repeal Adjustment of the contribution and benefit base Section 230 of the Social Security Act 42USC(7)§430.

    To require the Social Security Administration to pay for SSI Costs beginning January 1, 2017.

    To share profits in excess of social security program costs to the general fund of the U.S Treasury on a sliding scale beginning year end 2016 DI 50/50 with the USPS, and OASI 10/90 to eliminate the federal budget deficit. In 2020 OASI would share at negotiated rates an estimated 25/75, by 2025 OASDI would share 50/50 and by 2030 OASDI would save to pay for the peak in costs of Baby Boomer generation in 2035 that might raise the overall OASDI tax rate from 12.4%.

    Be it enacted by the House and Senate assembled

    Signatories: Carolyn Colvin, Commissioner; Stephen Goss, Chief Actuary, Jack Lew, Treasurer. Optional: Shuan Donovan, OMB Director.

    Dear John Boehner, Speaker of the House:

    I hope you can forgive Social Security Matters my libel regarding the backstabbing state of your health being typical of a 1.8% DI taxation rate “victim” and hit the highway trust fund in 2.3% style, without ever personally ever paying any of the new taxes. Social Security Trustees have informed you that the DI Trust Fund is expected to be actuarially depleted sometime under current unspecified “law” as required under statute. The disabled are writing you because Hillary Clinton just smashed in my right kneecap with the Keystone Pipeline bill of your monoclonal antibody clause (mac) 1USC101. Unlike her, you have only betrayed the sanity of the imposition of the 6% gas, oil, coal and electricity export tax FY2015, to Dick Cheney and a klepto and explosive Burgher King Cisco router. Hillary’s press release, on the other hand, failed to respect the merits of either the laid off hydrocarbon workers petitioning for disability by the thousands, or the privacy of the publicly failed pipeline. I have come to believe that Hillary Clinton’s political ambition to become President of the United States is prohibited by the two term limit of Presidents whereas she has twice turned down the opportunity to divorce her husband, former President, Bill Clinton, who is absolutely not welcome back in the White House under the U.S. Constitution. Please do not allow your alcoholism to deny Hillary public debate regarding the legal competence of her political ambitions under the two term limit whereas the Supreme Courts have twice given to her the right to divorce her husband and we pretty much hold her responsible for his domestic abuse. I understand alcoholics often find themselves to be saints by not doing their work, but we have gotten to the point where you are planning on retiring and whether your entire career was a success or a waste hinges not only my ability to forgive you for the pipeline bill, done, but upon you and my evil alter-ego Senator Sanders being sober enough to assemble and pass the Social Security Amendment of 2016 before October 1, 2015 when it must go into effect or a penalty rate of 2.4% will be needed FY 2016 since that alcoholic Republican speaker depleted the trust fund and the Actuary is unable and has never been able to do the OASDI tax rate calculation himself, but is the most demonstrably able official to sign the Act as its Accountant. The DI trust fund can only be hypothetically saved from absolute depletion in 2016 by adjusting the DI and OASI tax rates from 1.8% and 10.6% to 2.3% and 10.1% on October 1, 2015.

    In welfare circles Hillary is considered to one of the worst offenders in history, next to the USDA since the free dirt from the Homestead Act ran out in 1900, in regards to reductions in 10 million child welfare benefits since the 1990s. Furthermore, as a matter of law, the lame duck Clinton administration sabotaged the Social Security Act of 2001 with the toxic illiteracy of CMS and a 6 year term for Commissioner that now dishonors the 42 month limit to such payments between $600 and $699 before they are bumped up to $700 in Revelation 13:10. In my political opinion the Democratic Party is not just exactly one sentence off, as their high rates of incarceration might incline one to believe, but their laws are in fact only off by a monoclonal antibody clause (mac). Republicans on the other hand are not known to be able to propose legislation that furthers human rights and tend to be viewed in fact as traditional conventionally armed outlaws (tax-evaders this Halloween). Thank you for tolerating the monoclonal gammopathy of unspecified significance (MGUS) relating to the enactment clause one more time and pass the time-sensitive Social Security Act of 2016 before you retire after making sure the Actuary is able to do the math you require of him and that can be done and is explained by Hospitals & Asylums. Health and Welfare. 10th Ed.

  9. When applying for benefits, you would like a 3 month window, once the application is finalized & approved does the benefit payout begin after the approval or is it retroactive to the original date of the application?

    Thanks Bobby

  10. En su reciente visita a Cuba y a los Estados Unidos de America, el Papa Francisco (Pope Francis) senalo en una de sus brillantes homilias lo siguiente y cito: “Quien quiera ser grande, que sirva a los demas, no que se sirva de los demas, sentencio el Papa en Cuba, y que, la vida autentica se vive en el compromiso concreto con el projimo”
    Que Dios les bendiga a todos los participantes de este blog.
    Muhas gracias.

  11. is there such a thing as being able to get a lump sum against your retirement payments if you are over 66 years of age?

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