Honoring and Supporting Caregivers in the Month of November

A happy senior African American couple outside a car. The man is sitting in a wheelchair and his wife is standing beside him with her arm around his shoulder.

I was supporting a friend — just doing my thing and someone told me I was a “C-A-R-E-G-I-V-E-R”.  So I was a caregiver this whole time without even realizing it and, on top of that, without realizing the challenges that people deal with when they’re really sick. Now, I’m ready to do something about this … — Marilyn Continue reading

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Five Things You Can Do Online with Social Security

smiling woman sitting on her couchYou want to enjoy the fall weather, and Social Security’s online services free up your time to lounge in a hammock in your backyard or take your dog on a long walk. You can safely and conveniently conduct most of your business with us anytime, anywhere. There’s no need to visit a local Social Security office. Continue reading

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Helping America Plan for Retirement

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. Continue reading

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You Can Help Shape Our Disability Policy

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Social Security needs your help. We are asking for responses to an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on how we should modernize our vocational rules, which we first published in 1978. These are the rules our disability decision makers use to decide whether an adult with a severe disabling condition can do any job in the national economy. Continue reading

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Don’t be Spooked about Retiring Online

woman holding a light jack-o-lantern Vile vampires and wicked witches are some of the classic scary monsters that haunted us as children. As adults, some of the scariest parts of our day might be all the stresses that come with everyday life. Medical appointments, car maintenance, and running errands — it can be overwhelming enough to make us want to scream. Continue reading

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Hit a Grand Slam by Retiring Online

baseball and bat You feel a special kind of excitement when your team is playing in the World Series and you watch your star hitter step to the plate at the bottom of the ninth inning, with two outs and the bases loaded.

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Retiring Online is the Cat’s Meow

cat holding an ipad Cats rarely trip or fall, and when they jump, they always land on all four legs. We’ve always suspected that cats are smart, too. Now, we have proof!

In our public service announcements website, Social Security features a series of four videos with felines doing what they do best – showing us how to get things done the smart way. These four-legged experts talk about the benefits of retiring online and tell us how easy, convenient, and secure it is to retire using our online app. Who knows more about taking things easy than cats? Continue reading

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How I Navigated the Social Security Disability Process

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I’m on Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). Okay I said it, and, I’m also very thankful for it. I might sound somewhat perplexed, because it’s all new to me and isn’t what I had expected to deal with in life. Yet, I am realistic and understand that “things happen” to all people.

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No Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2016

pink piggy bank Social Security’s annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is an increase in the benefit amount people receive each month. By law, the monthly Social Security and SSI federal benefit rate increases when there is a rise in the cost of living. The government measures changes in the cost of living through the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W).
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