Learn how to make the most of your Social Security benefits

As the economy changes and the needs of consumers change, knowing how to make the most of Social Security benefits is becoming more and more important. For people preparing to start their Social Security benefits, a few simple tips might save them thousands of dollars. And for those currently receiving Social Security benefits, there may be ways to increase the benefits in the long term.

“Social Security After Retirement” is a fast-paced, one-hour presentation for anyone anticipating their benefits and those currently receiving benefits. The presenter will be Kirk Larson, Western Washington public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration. Larson has had numerous articles published, and has appeared on TV and radio shows to discuss various Social Security issues. The Social Security Administration and other Federal Government organizations have recognized him for his outstanding public service. Kirk has a degree in Business Administration from California Polytechnic University at Pomona.

One of the best ways to understand benefits is by opening and using your my Social Security online account. Before attending the class please open an account, print out, and bring your Social Security Statement. If you need assistance in setting up your account, Kirk Larson will be around after the presentation to help.

The workshop will present strategies that can maximize benefits including when to begin receiving benefits 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.

This informational workshop will be presented from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Puyallup Library, 324 S. Meridian in Puyallup.

“Social Security After Retirement” is jointly sponsored by the Social Security Administration and the Pierce County Community Connections Aging & Disability Resource Center. The presentation is free and there is no RSVP.  For more information, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.