Helping America Plan for Retirement

November 9, 2015 • By

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Last Updated: November 9, 2015

80 year anniversary sign One of Social Security’s top priorities is helping you prepare for retirement. Planning your retirement early can help ensure secure and comfortable post-retirement years — yet few Americans do it. Both public policymakers and private firms have worked to engage individuals to plan in the decades before their retirement, with mixed success.

On November 12, the Retirement Security Project at the Brookings Institution will host an event “Helping America plan for retirement” with the Social Security Administration and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to explore these issues. Social Security Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin and CFPB Director Richard Cordray will give keynote remarks and announce the results of a recent collaboration. A panel of retirement security experts will discuss efforts to improve retirement planning and what additional steps could help make retirement planning easier for the average American. Speakers will take audience questions.

You can RSVP to attend this event here.

Remember, the sooner you start planning for retirement, the better off you’ll be when you decide to stop working. You might even be able to retire sooner than you thought with the right plan. You can always access our secure online retirement resources, including applying for retirement, estimating your future retirement benefits, and finding your full retirement age at

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Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications



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  2. Alicia

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  3. Robert S.

    I want to stop receiving retiree benefits. I have received 3 checks so far. I want to wait until my full retirement age

    How do I do that?

    • Ray F.

      Hello Robert, if you are receiving Social Security Retirement benefits and you change your mind about when they should start, you may be able to withdraw your Social Security claim and re-apply at a future date. Before you make your decision, there are some things you need to know about what will happen if you withdraw your application.
      Click here for complete information about this topic. Thanks!

  4. Jose B.

    I would like to set an appointment for my retirement email

    • Jose B.

      Set an appointment for my retirement plan.

      • Ray F.

        Hello Jose, you can complete an application for Retirement Benefits online. If you do not wish to use the online application you can:
        •Call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Representatives area available Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.; or
        •Visit your local Social Security office. An appointment is not required, but if you call ahead and schedule one, it may reduce the time you spend waiting to apply.
        Just a reminder – We do not have access to personal information, therefore, we do not do direct messaging in this venue. Please be cautious about posting personal information on social media and communicating personal information via email. Thanks!

  5. Jim J.


  6. Kim

    If social security really wanted to help people retire they would make social security benefits a “living benefit” and have benefit amounts coincide with the cost of living but since congress didn’t want to continue that policy they took that part away and now people are falling so far below the “real” poverty line that they need to look up to see the tiniest glimpse of it.

  7. Cindy

    A friend was permanently laid off at age 60 and doubts he will be able to find work in his field at his age. Is there a way to determine his benefits if he is not able to find a job before he becomes eligible for benefits?

    • Ray F.

      Hi Cindy, we are sorry to hear about your friend’s situation, but thanks for helping out. The earliest age your friend can get retirement benefits is 62. He can create a My Social Security account to review his earnings record and get an estimate of his future benefits.

  8. Ginger R.

    I had saved for 35 years. Then I got Young on set Parkinson disease. 10 years this month. Got Breast cancer 7 years now. I have NO money left because of medical expenses. I was 47 when diagnosed. I am 57 now. I worked full time all my working years. When I finally filed for disability I was denied twice and took 2 years to finally get it and another 2 years to get medicare. I was broke by then

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