Confused or uncertain about Social Security? This friendly, easy-to-understand guide cuts through the complexities and gives you the practical information you need to make the most of the program and make smart decisions about retirement. You'll find advice on when to start collecting benefits, get the facts on working in retirement, learn how potential changes could affect you, and see how Social Security fits into your plan for economic security.
The nuts and bolts of Social Security. What Social Security is and why you need it ; A breakdown of benefits ; Deciding when to start collecting retirement benefits ; Protecting your number and securing your card
Taking the plunge : filing for Social Security. Signing up for benefits ; Determining how much you've earned ; Navigating the system ; When you and Social Security disagree : the appeals process
Who benefits and when. Spousal benefits : watching out for each other ; Family benefits : who gets what ; When you can't work : Social Security disability benefits
Social Security and your future. Enrolling in Medicare ; Working in "retirement" ; Shaping a financial future you can live with
The part of tens. Ten myths about Social Security ; Ten reasons young people should care about Social Security ; Ten choices facing the country about the future of Social Security
Appendixes. A, Glossary ; B, Resources ; C, Play the game : you make the choices to strengthen Social Security.
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