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Part I: The Nuts and Bolts of Social Security 9
Chapter 1: What Social Security Is and Why You Need It 11
Chapter 2: A Breakdown of Benefits 23
Chapter 3: Deciding When to Start Collecting Retirement Benefits 41
Chapter 4: Protecting Your Number and Securing Your Card 59
Part II: Taking the Plunge: Filing for Social Security 73
Chapter 5: Signing Up for Benefits 75
Chapter 6: Determining How Much You've Earned 87
Chapter 7: Navigating the System 95
Chapter 8: When You and Social Security Disagree: The Appeals Process 117
Part III: Who Benefits and When 135
Chapter 9: Spousal Benefits: Watching Out for Each Other 137
Chapter 10: Family Benefits: Who Gets What 153
Chapter 11: When You Can't Work: Social Security Disability Benefits 169
Part IV: Social Security and Your Future 195
Chapter 12: Enrolling in Medicare 197
Chapter 13: Working in "Retirement" 217
Chapter 14: Shaping a Financial Future You Can Live With 237
Part V: The Part of Tens 249
Chapter 15: Ten Myths about Social Security 251
Chapter 16: Ten Reasons Young People Should Care about Social Security 261
Chapter 17: Ten Choices Facing the Country about the Future of Social Security 269
Part VI: Appendixes 277
Appendix A: Glossary 279
Appendix B: Resources 289
Appendix C: Play the Game: You Make the Choices to Strengthen Social Security 295
Posted January 3, 2014
Plain English, clear directions, great information. Now I'm ready to head to the Social Security office with confidence. Thanks, AARP!
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Posted June 20, 2013
"Additionally, it explains the history, regulations, and significant changes to U.S. Social Security, as well as considerations for the future of the program."
Any book will have a difficult time presenting meaningful information because the 'considerations' are expressed in time-sensitive words. What is said in 2012 is trillions of dollars away from where we are today.
Separately the author should disclose his position with AARP more openly. It is not exactly an unbiased source for information. Brenton C Smith, (AKA Joe The Economist) feel free to yell at me via our site FixSSNow (Dot) Org.
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Posted May 14, 2012
I am a Benefits Counselor at Disability Services & Legal Center in Santa Rosa. I help disabled people navigate the Social Security system in applying for their benefits and other issues they may have. I've only scanned the book so far, but intend to read it from cover to cover to make sure there aren't any errors for people trying to get their benefits. Otherwise, it's a conversation piece on my shelf.
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Posted June 15, 2012
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