Generations Magazine - Start a New Tradition with Social Security - Image 01The holiday season has arrived — a time of year that is steeped in tradition. We’d like to suggest that you start a new tradition. It actually starts with breaking the old tradition of trudging to an office when you need to do business with Social Security.

Sometimes traditions evolve. Many of the things your parents or grandparents did in a Social Security office you can now do online. For example, if you’re not yet receiving benefits, you can request your Social Security Statement or use the Retirement Estimator to get an accurate picture of what your future benefits will be. You can read or listen to our publications, find out whether you qualify for benefits — even apply for Social Security disability, retirement and spouses benefits online from the comfort of home.

You also can go online to get a replacement Medicare card or appeal a medical decision made about your disability claim. You can do all this and more at

Set up an online account to:

  • receive your benefit verification letter
  • review benefits
  • view earnings record
  • change your address or phone number
  • start or change your direct deposit
  • check your information

Join the millions of people and start a new tradition: forego the holiday traffic to the office by going to

For other information and locations near you:

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