Men’s Health and Social Security

little boy holding father's hand Father’s Day is a perfect time for focusing on health education and awareness, disease prevention, and family. Social Security encourages you to support fathers and friends everywhere in their efforts to stay healthy. The right balance of diet, exercise, regular visits to doctors and health care providers, and overall healthy living can go a long way to help everyone remain a part of your daily life for years to come.

Part of staying healthy and happy is reducing the amount of stress in your life. That’s where opening a my Social Security online account can help. Our online services make doing business with us fast and easy. At my Social Security, you can:

  • Keep track of your earnings and verify them every year;
  • Get an estimate of your future benefits, if you are still working;
  • Get a letter with proof of your benefits, if you currently receive them; and
  • Manage your benefits:
    • Change your address;
    • Start or change your direct deposit;
    • Request a replacement Medicare card; and
    • Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season.

In some states, you can even request a replacement Social Security card online using my Social Security. Currently available in several states, it’s an easy, convenient, and secure way to request a replacement card online. We continue to add more states, so we encourage you to check where this service is available. Tell dad to check out the healthy amount of features we have to offer.

In addition to using my Social Security, there are a number of other things you can do online with Social Security. For example, you can use the Retirement Estimator to plug in different numbers, retirement dates, and scenarios to help you decide the best time for you to retire.

And when that time comes, you can apply for retirement benefits online at It can take as little as 15 minutes from start to finish. In most cases, once you submit your electronic application, that’s it, you’re done—no papers to sign or documents to submit.

Learn more about Social Security retirement benefits by reading our publication on the subject at

When you’re ready to retire, the best place to apply is from the comfort of your home computer, with some of your favorite music playing in the background. Now that’s a great start to a healthy retirement!


21 thoughts on “Men’s Health and Social Security

  1. I ran for 30 years and that is why I am healthy today with normal BP and pulse. Almost all of my contemporaries did nothing throughout their lives. At this time I wake up at 4:00 AM because of a sleep disorder and go out and walk 4 miles.I am going to keep this up until I die.

  2. I has the confused! The blog is s’posed to be about Men’s Health, but is instead ‘tips’ on setting up an account and managing your social security. NOT what I was expecting, nor what I am hoping to learn from this blog.

    Then, I see a comments post by/from someone who has cut and paste information from a publication or regulation (TLDR)?!

    I will give this blog a couple more looks, but if this initial foray is the norm, looks like I will be unsuscribing in the not too distant future.


    • I believe the reference is about Financial Health. My Social Security Account contains information to estimate your future benefits when you retire and begin receiving SS benefits. In order to check your financial health, check your “My Social Security” account to ensure your employers have credited your account with your earnings. If you were in the military, this is most important. at a certain point in time they did not credit your social security account. They have begun to credit peoples social security record with the past missed payment credits. Don’t assume your employer paid in the Social Security credits. Check your account with “My Social Security” account. Granted, not every posting is information you want to read, but you can learn new things if you check in from time to time. Remember a title is to grab your attention, whether you care to read it is your choice.
      Have a nice belated fathers day:)

  3. My name is Michael and i am writing you because i have been disabled and not walking for over 6 years but for some reason my wife has been turned down twice. for about 5 years before i had those medical problems I had myself as an employer and i chose not to pay myself because my wife and my savings were enough to support me. when doing that i did not know that only my recent employment was considered eventhough i had been on a payroll for about 30 years before that and filing tax returns. Nobody ever told me that only my recent employment would be considered. My medical problems occured just two days before my scheduled preventive surgery.

    • Hi Michael. When it comes to qualifying for disability benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI), you must be “currently insured” or have worked long enough–and recently enough under Social Security. See Insured Status Requirements for more information.

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  4. My name is jenny and i am writing you because i have been disabled and not walking for over 6 years but for some reason my wife has been turned down twice.

    • Hi Jenny. Thank you for your question and we are sorry to hear that your wife’s applications for disability benefits did not go the way you both had hoped. Social Security wants to be sure that the decision made about your wife’s disability claim is correct. This time, if she receives a decision that she does not agree with, she should be sure and take advantage of her appeal rights. Also, while waiting for a medical decision, she may be eligible to receive additional assistance from the state in which you live. These services include Medicaid, free meals, housekeeping help, transportation or help with other problems.

      You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. You can also visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information. Thanks.

  5. I was married for 13 years and my husband died. over the course of the next decade i remarried a younger man (9 years younger) my husband is currently disabled through a job related injury. He has also suffered a heart attack and had a operation . He is currently out of work for a injury which may prohibit the use of his arm. He may have to go on SS disability in the near future. he is 54. I will be turning 62 this year. i have worked for over 40 years and as a result of my driving occupation may have to retire soon as I have a bad knee. My benefit is not so good. If my husband gets a higher disability wage then me, can i claim on his benefit instead of my lower wage, even though he is not 66 yet? Or can i get SS disability since i am no longer able to drive? My disability wage is more than my regular benefit.

    • Hi Trish. The earliest age you can apply for your own (reduced) retirement benefits is 62. Also, you may be eligible to receive benefits on your husband’s record if he is entitled to Social Security disability benefits. We will always pay your own retirement benefit first. If benefits as a spouse are higher than your own retirement benefits, you will get a combination of benefits equaling the higher spouse benefit. However, keep in mind that a spouse’s benefit cannot exceed one-half of the worker’s full disability amount. So, you are only going to receive additional spouse’s benefits if your own full retirement benefit (not your reduced benefit) is less than half of your spouse’s disability benefit.

      The second part of your question is regarding your own disability. You can file for retirement and disability at the same time. We pay disability benefits through two programs: the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must have worked long enough and recently enough in jobs covered by Social Security (usually within the last 10 years). The (SSI) program is a needs based program that gives cash assistance to disabled individuals with limited income and resources. We pay disability benefits to people who are unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last one year or more or to end in death. If you think you may be eligible to receive disability benefits and would like to apply, you can use our online application to file for both retirement and disability.

      If you are unable to file online or have additional questions, please call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday to make an appointment.

  6. I have Congenital Spina Bifida and am confined to a wheelchair since birth.
    I have had two eye strokes,1 in 2013 and 1 in 2014 had that has left me legally blind. Unable to work or drive. With the love and support of my loving wife.Along with My continued Faith in a Loving and faithful GOD. I continue to lean on Him more and more everyday. Regaining some of my self-confidence that I thought I had lost forever.

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