For Every Senior Citizen: The Social Security Administration Web Site

This important website is one you should have in your favorites for easy access. Since the government is known for an abundance of red tape and making the plain and simple confusing, it is very surprising how clear, simple, and easy to use they’ve managed in the creation of the Social Security online portal included on the USA.gov site. This is the official website of the US Social Security Administration.

This site is filled with conveniences that will benefit the reader and make navigation throughout the site extremely easy. There are an abundance of extra conveniences including making the print larger. A major plus to the many seniors that call the US home but have come from other places will have the option of changing the language from English to Polish, Spanish, Greek, French, Italian, Tagalog, Farsi, Chinese, Armenian, Arabic, Vietnamese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, and Haitian-Creole. They’ll even provide free interpreter services.

Most important to many seniors is the opportunity to register to view one’s social security account online; you need to follow the registration procedure outlined on the first page, create a password, and then wait for the SSA to send you confirmation via US Mail.  The security precautions help protect your identity from theft.  Once registered and confirmed, you can access your entire account online 24/7. 

Also on the first page of Social Security.gov you have the option of watching a video about the website, which is less than two minutes long. If you choose not to watch the video then your next step would be to choose the category you’d like information on. You’ll find a blue bar across the top which is divided into categories: Retirement, Survivors, Disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Clicking on any of those categories will bring you to another page where your search within that category begins.

Let’s say you chose Retirement. The next page gives you six different choices:

• Plan your retirement
• Calculate your benefits
• Apply for retirement benefits
• Already receiving retirement benefits
• Retirement benefit publications (en Espanol)
• Frequently asked questions

Click on one of those options and you’ll have detailed explanations at your fingertips. Amazingly you’ll find SocialSecurity.gov provides easy to understand concepts and directions. You can get help very easily if needed. There are some parts of social security you can apply for online though not all. For instance you can apply for social security disability insurance online quite easily however, you can’t apply for a social security card online. For that you can print out the application but must mail or go to your local social security office; some major metro areas (New York City, Las Vegas, Orlando, or Phoenix) require you apply in person rather than mailing in the application.

By taking an extra few minutes, you can find out everything you need to know that will help to get it right the first time, and you save time in the process. Social Security.gov is an asset you definitely want to make use of as you plan your future.  SCJ recommends this bookmark be on every senior citizen’s Favorites.