Learn how to use Social Security

Many options are available to individuals when taking Social Security. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. Planning ahead is important to make the most out of the benefits available to people as they retire or as they need to claim disability.

“Making Social Security Work for You” will provide straightforward information about whether, when and how to claim Social Security benefits depending on individual need and circumstances. Two sessions will be provided on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015:

  • “Social Security Disability” will be presented at 2 p.m. and will provide information about the program, how disability is determined, applying for disability and the benefits themselves.
  • “Social Security Benefits” will be presented at 4 p.m. and will focus on retirement benefits, taking early retirement, delaying benefits, spousal benefits and working after retirement.

Participants are encouraged to sign-up for your mySocialSecurity account before the meeting.  Visit www.ssa.gov/myaccount to print and bring your Benefit Statement. Presenting at both workshops will be Public Affairs Specialist Kirk Larson with the Social Security Administration. Sessions are independent of each other. Both sessions are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.

“Understanding is crucial when it comes to Social Security benefits,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “Beneficiaries have to make the program work for them in their unique circumstances. Current health, family longevity, current and future employment, marital status, dependents, and post-retirement plans all factor in to making a wise decision.”

Both sessions will be held at the Tacoma Area Coalition for Individuals with Disabilities (TACID), 6315 South 19th Street in Tacoma. Presentations are sponsored by the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center in collaboration with TACID.

In case of bad weather call (253) 798-8787 for information about possible postponement or cancellation. Additional information about this workshop is available by calling the Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.

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