We understand that not everyone uses the same social media channels for sharing information. In this page, we highlight some of the messages we have shared with our Facebook fans and Pinterest followers.


National Guide Dog Month

We know dogs can’t talk. But as National Guide Dog Month comes to a close, it’s a good time to remind you that if you know someone who is blind or has low vision and receives Social Security benefits, we have a number of services and products specifically designed for him or her, including products in braille. Help us spread the word and share this message.


National Coffee Day

As you sit back, relax, and enjoy your #PumpkinSpiceLatté, contemplate the peace of mind you have knowing that Social Security protects you and your family through every stage of life. We are here for you when you plan for and then retire, or if you become disabled and can’t work. We are also here for your family if you should die and they need survivors benefits.


Retiring as a Widow

Q: I started getting survivors benefits as a widow at age 60 but I’ve worked enough to get retirement benefits on my own record. What can I do?

A: You can switch to retirement as early as age 62 if your benefit rate is higher than your rate as a widow. In many cases, a widow or widower can begin receiving one benefit at a reduced rate and then, at full retirement age, switch to the other benefit at an unreduced rate.


Stop Fraud

Social Security has zero tolerance for fraud. While we cannot prevent all fraud schemes any more than we can stop all crime in our communities, Social Security aggressively investigates and prosecutes those who commit fraud. If you suspect someone is committing fraud, you can remain anonymous while reporting your concern through our online form.


Real people speak about Social Security

I did mine over a year ago, on the sofa while I was watching TV! LOL! Very user friendly site! Started receiving [Retirement Benefits] exactly when they said I would.” – Connie


What are direct deposit and Direct Express?

With direct deposit, we deposit your monthly benefit payment directly into your bank account. With Direct Express, your benefit comes in a prepaid debit card. There is no enrollment fee or minimum balance requirement to use the Direct Express card.


If your employer does not withhold Social Security taxes...

If you work for an employer who does not withhold Social Security taxes from your salary, such as some government agencies or an employer in another country, any pension you get based on that work may reduce your future Social Security benefits.


Turn it up to 11 on your #retirement plan!

To have a rocking retirement, you need more than just Social Security. You also need private pensions, savings, and/or investments.

On average, Social Security retirement benefits replace about 40% of your income, and most financial advisors say you’ll need more than 70% of pre-retirement earnings to live comfortably.

Learn how to be a retirement rock star by visiting our Retirement Planner or the Department of Labor’s “Retirement Savings Toolkit.”


Autumn begins today!

The new season gives many of us a wonderful opportunity to spend some time watching the landscape turn bright orange, red, and yellow. Add a wool blanket, and home has never felt cozier. So why leave? If you have a Social Security-related question, browse our site of most frequently asked questions. Grab a mug of hot apple cider or a pumpkin spice latte and ask us!


World Alzheimer’s Day

We understand the toll Alzheimer’s Disease can take on those afflicted and on their families. We offer expedited processing of disability claims for people with Early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease as part of our Compassionate Allowances program.

The Compassionate Allowances program allows us to quickly identify medical conditions that obviously meet disability standards and expedite the payment of monthly benefits.


Name change after a divorce

#Divorce can be difficult. Changing your last name back to your maiden name is not. If you changed your name after marriage and are looking to change it back following a divorce, we can make it easy for you.


Real people speak about Social Security

“I never even talked to anyone from SS, set everything up myself and my check started going into my checking account right on time and has been correct every month. No hassles whatsoever.” – Kathy


Arr you ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day?

Shiver me timbers, it’s Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Make sure ye’ve got some buried treasure waiting for ye in retirement, Matey. Parlay with our Retirement Estimator to dig up how much you can expect in retirement bounty. The Estimator will have ye cheering “yo ho ho!”

Start turning yer Retirement Island into a Treasure Island today!


Elderly parent of a deceased worker?

If you are the parent of a worker who has died, you may be able to receive dependent parent's benefits, if you:

• are at least 62 years old;

• have not remarried since the worker's death;

• are not entitled to your own, higher Social Security benefit; and

• you received at least one half of your support from your deceased child.


Build the retirement of your dreams

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” -Henry David Thoreau

Let Social Security help you build a foundation for the retirement of your dreams. Start planning now by creating a free my Social Security account. Review and monitor your earnings, get benefit estimates, and more!


Hispanic Heritage Month

Today marks the beginning of #HispanicHeritageMonth, a month that recognizes and celebrates Hispanic and Latino-American heritage and culture.

We invite you to celebrate by visiting our page, Hispanics and Social Security. 

We’re living longer, healthier lives now. We can expect to spend more time in retirement than our parents and “abuelos” did. Social Security is important because it provides an inflation-protected benefit that lasts as long as we live.


"O say can you see..."


On this day in 1814, inspired by the sight of the war-damaged flag proudly still flying over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key penned our National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Find your own inspiration and start writing your financial future with our Benefits Planner.


Fortune Cookie Day

If you really want to see what’s in store for you in your future, we recommend creating a my Social Security account so you can see estimates of your future #retirement, #disability, and #survivors benefits.

Since it’s fortune cookie day, we also recommend General Tso chicken. It’s delicious.

What’s the best fortune cookie message you’ve ever gotten?


Real people speak about Social Security

“Very pleased with Social Security, my check is [direct] deposited in my account ever 3rd Wed. of the month.” – Tim

Thanks for the kudos Tim. Please share this handy payment schedule so others can know when to expect their benefits too!


9/11 - Patriot Day

On this anniversary of September 11th, we remember the victims and continue to support their families through Survivors and Disability benefits.

Social Security is more than a retirement program. It’s America’s family protection plan. If you have lost a loved one, you may be eligible for benefits. To learn more about Social Security Survivors benefits, please visit our Survivors Page.


Multilanguage Gateway

“We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”

— President Jimmy Carter

Social Security is proud to provide information about our programs in 18 different languages through our Multilanguage Gateway.


Are you a divorced spouse of a deceased worker?

A divorced spouse of a deceased worker could get benefits just the same as a widow or widower, provided the marriage lasted 10 years or more.

You may qualify for:

• full benefits at full retirement age;

• reduced benefits as early as age 60; or

• benefits as early as age 50 if you became disabled before or within 7 years of the worker's death.


If you have children at home when you retire...

When you retire, if you still have children at home, they could get monthly Social Security payments if they are:

•Unmarried and under age 18 (age 19 if still in high school); or

•Age 18 or over, and became severely disabled before age 22 and continue to be disabled.

This applies to biological and adopted children, as well as dependent stepchildren or, in some cases, grandchildren.

For more information, read “Benefits For Children” on our publications page.


Happy Grandparents Day!

Happy Grandparents Day!

Make sure to let your grandparents know how much you love and appreciate them. While you’re at it, visit our online services together and show them just how easy it is for them to handle their Social Security business online and create a my Social Security account!

You can also help them find out if they qualify for “Medicare Extra Help” online. It can help them pay for #premiums, #deductibles, and #copayments.


Avoid overpayments

If you get SSI, you can avoid being overpaid by reporting your wages to us on time, every time.

Use our Supplemental Security Income Telephone Wage Reporting (SSITWR) system or Mobile Wage Reporting (SSIMWR) application to report wages.


Real people speak about Social Security

“I applied [for retirement] online and had no problems. I plan to spend my free time helping out at the local VA Hospital.” – Jim

Jim, don’t forget to share our Wounded Warriors page when you’re volunteering. And thank you for giving back!


Kickoff your retirement right!

Good coaching and a great playbook can make all the difference for a winning team. The same is true for retirement—except you call the plays. Fail to create a sound game plan, and you’ll fall behind.

Don’t depend on a “Hail Mary” when it comes to retirement. Kick off planning for your future with a my Social Security account. Create an account to check the accuracy of your earnings record and to get estimates of your future retirement, disability, and survivors benefits.


Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Nearly 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every year. While Social Security cannot help with a cure, we can help with financial support.

If your child has cancer or another disabling condition, and if your family has low income and few resources, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income. 


Social Security benefits students

Social Security relies on school officials and teachers to help ensure qualified students receive their benefits. The information we obtain from evaluations, testing, education plans, and other important school documents, helps us determine if students qualify for benefits.

As the school year begins, we want to thank you for all the help you provide.


Happy Labor Day!

Today, on Labor Day, we pay tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength and prosperity of our country.

We honor the nearly 165 million workers currently contributing to Social Security. During your working years, you can create a my Social Security account to verify your earnings history and review the amount of Social Security and Medicare taxes you’ve paid.