From learning to ride a bike, to helping me with my homework, to hooking the bait just right so I can catch the big fish, my dad taught me a lot.
That same joke Dad’s been telling for 40 years may get old, but for the most part, dads are pretty cool, huh?
Over the years, I tried to reciprocate. I taught him how to use Facebook, walked him through the ins and outs of Instagram, and showed him the complex usage of Twitter.
So you just go online and say something? Yes, Dad.
If you can relate to these moments and, like me, you love teaching your dad something new and useful, here’s something else you can teach your dad. A personal my Social Security account can help him prepare for a healthy retirement.
Opening a my Social Security account is easy, convenient and secure. Once you help your dad establish an account, he’ll have access to a wealth of information. He can get an estimate of his future retirement and disability benefits.
With a my Social Security account, your dad can also get his Social Security Statement, which shows how much he paid in Social Security and Medicare taxes throughout his working years. Dad can use his Statement to verify his earnings history, to ensure he receives the correct payment amount when he’s eligible for benefits.
When he needs it, Dad can get a benefit verification letter to prove he receives Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income, or Medicare. A personal my Social Security account allows him to change his address, if he’s receiving benefits, and to start or change his direct deposit information.
In some areas, he can even use a my Social Security account to request a replacement Social Security card.