If you’re preparing to start your Social Security benefits, current and future changes may impact your retirement plans. To learn more, individuals are encouraged to attend Social Security Retirement 2020.

This free informational workshop will be presented from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Brookdale Allenmore Independent Living in Tacoma. Refreshments will be provided. It is designed for individuals currently receiving benefits or who are anticipating their benefits in the year ahead.

“Nine out of ten Americans 65 and older receive Social Security benefits,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “Most estimates say 21 percent of married couples and 44 percent of single seniors rely on Social Security for 90 percent or more of their income.  Regardless of current income, shifting to Social Security — in whole or in part — is an important step. Planning how to make the most of the Social Security benefit is crucial.”

The presentation, given by Kirk Larson, Western Washington Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration, aims to equip attendees with strategies to maximize benefits including when to begin receiving them 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 2020 is hosted by Brookdale Allenmore and sponsored by the Pierce County Human Services Aging and Disability Resource Center and Social Security Administration. No RSVP is required. For more information, contact the Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600 or 800-562-0332.

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