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November 4, 2020
4:00 PM
Time Details:
Presentation begins at 4:00 PM sharp.
Free No RSVP required
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Social Security Retirement 2021

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

This is a fast-paced presentation for anyone anticipating their retirement benefits and those currently receiving benefits. The workshop will examine when and how to retire, update recent changes, discuss early retirement and present effective strategies that can maximize benefits. Participants will also learn how to negotiate the rules about working, either full or part time, while receiving benefits. Presenter is Kirk Larson, Public Affairs Specialist, from the Social Security Administration.

Plan for Social Security Retirement Benefits

Social Security has been a hot topic in the news recently.  For anyone planning on claiming their Social Security or currently receiving benefits, the news can be confusing.  One in six Americans receives SSA benefits.  And about 40% of older Americans rely exclusively on Social Security for retirement income, according to recent research from the National Institute on Retirement Security.  

For individuals preparing to start their Social Security benefits, current and future changes may impact their retirement plans.  A little advance knowledge and simple tips might save thousands of dollars.  

“Social Security Retirement 2021” is a fast-paced presentation for anyone anticipating their benefits in the year ahead as well as those currently receiving benefits.  This free informational workshop will be presented online at from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4.  Participation by phone is available at 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099; Webinar ID: 929 5577 6796.  No RSVP is required.

The presentation will be given by Kirk Larson, Western Washington Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration.  He has worked with the agency for over 25 years in both technical and supervisory roles.  Kirk has presented Social Security information throughout the west coast and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows to discuss Social Security issues.   

One of the best ways to understand benefits is by opening and using your mySocial Security Online Account.  Before attending the class please open an account, printout, and bring your Social Security Statement.  If you need assistance in setting up your account, Kirk Larson will be around after the presentation to help.  

“Many seniors rely on Social Security benefits as their sole or major source of income,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources.  “The program’s benefits are not lavish.  Workers have earned them by paying into Social Security — protecting themselves and their families when they retire, become disabled, or die leaving family members to support.”

The workshop will present strategies that can maximize benefits including when to begin receiving benefits and the advantages of making claims based on spousal work history.  Participants will also learn how to negotiate the rules about working, either full or part time, while receiving benefits.

“Social Security 2021” is jointly sponsored by the Pierce County Human Services Aging & Disability Resource Center and the Social Security Administration.  The presentation is free and there is no need to RSVP.  For more information, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.