Retirement, Survivors

You and Social Security, Together for a Lifetime

May 31, 2018 • By

Last Updated: July 30, 2021

two women smiling togetherSocial Security is with you throughout life’s journey. During May, we celebrate Older Americans Month, and we want to highlight how we are here for you. We’re there when you get your first job, when you get married, and through years of work when you are paying Social Security taxes. Our programs serve as vital financial protection for millions of Americans, and part of our journey together includes making sure you know what that protection means to you in your later years.

We’re there to help you stay in control of your benefits with our online services — helping you do business with us from your preferred location. For example, if you damage or lose your Medicare card, you can order a replacement card easily with a personal my Social Security account. Having a personal my Social Security account helps free up your time to do other things that truly matter to you.

If the time comes when you can no longer manage your benefits, you can count on Social Security to be there. Our Representative Payee Program helps millions of beneficiaries who cannot manage their Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits. A representative payee is a trusted family member, friend, or institution who can receive and manage the funds we pay for someone who receives benefits.

Your representative payee receives the payments on your behalf and must use the money to pay for your needs, which include housing and utilities, food, medical and dental expenses, personal care items, clothing, and rehabilitation expenses (if you’re disabled).

Your representative payee can use the rest of your benefit money to pay the cost of your care and provide money for your personal needs. Social Security looks for qualified individuals or organizations to represent you.

Working with a representative payee is just one of the ways Social Security helps you secure today and tomorrow. Visit our representative payee website for more information.


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Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications

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  1. Jeffery P.

    I thank the author for the detailed article with positive thoughts. Social security is undoubtedly an important component of social culture for the maintenance of older people. By the way, the term itself has several different interpretations. Social security is a form of government support designed to ensure that members of society can meet basic human needs such as food and shelter. Social security can be synonymous with social security, or refer specifically to social security programs that provide support only to those who have previously contributed (for example, most pension systems), as opposed to social assistance programs that provide support only on a need-basis (for example, most disability benefits). The International Labor Organization defines social security as encompassing support for those in old age, support for child support, medical treatment, parental leave and sick leave, unemployment and disability benefits, and support for those injured at work. You can learn more about social security and its functions with videos on YouTube in which the authors tell with examples what it is and how it functions in any country. I found about two dozen videos on this topic there and noticed that most of these videos had about 14 thousand views! I am sure this is because their authors used the services of https://soclikes.com/ in order to wind up views for YouTube.

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  3. Allen I.

    I am a US citizen residing in the Philippines.
    The local and international mails are not available here due to the pandemic. How can I receive the annual required form SSA 7162?
    Is there an alternate method to supply this form via email?

  4. Marvin T.

    When should we expect to be required to file form ssa 7162 again? Post offices here in Panama are still closed.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Marvin. Beneficiaries living abroad receive the SSA-7162 annually or biannually depending upon the countries in which they reside.

      We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact their nearest Federal Benefit Unit for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad.

  5. Allen I.

    I have already requested and received a blank 7162 on line with instructions to fill out, sign, scan as email attachment, and return to FBU Manila.

    I did so, and the form was not accepted. WHY?????

    • Vonda V.

      Hi Allen, thanks for using our blog. We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact the nearest Federal Benefit Unit or U.S. embassy in the area for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits. Also, our Office of International Operations home page provides more information to assist our customers living abroad.

  6. Allen I.

    How can I verify my life status usually done so using the annual SSA 7162 if no such forms are able to be received in the post due to covid

  7. John F.

    I would like to send form 7162 and my spouse Shubho B
    rodrigues on line. Please help me. Due to Covid19 we did not receive any mail till today.

    • Vonda V.

      Hi John, thanks for using our blog. Unfortunately, the SSA-7162 is not currently available online and cannot be emailed to you. We recommend that individuals living outside the United States contact the nearest Federal Benefit Unit in the area for any assistance related to Social Security programs and benefits.

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