Setting up a 'My Social Security' account

5/22/2013

It's easy to set up your "My Social Security" account.

It's easy to set up your "My Social Security" account.

This account is a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing throughout the time they receive Social Security benefits. More than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income recipients can now access their benefit verification letter, payment history and earnings record instantly using their online account. Social Security beneficiaries also can change their address and start or change direct deposit information online.

Social Security beneficiaries and SSI recipients with a "My Social Security" account can go online and get an official benefit verification letter instantly. The benefit verification letter serves as proof of income to secure loans, mortgages and other housing, and state or local benefits. Additionally, people use the letter to prove current Medicare health insurance coverage, retirement or disability status and age. People can print or save a customized letter.

Social Security processed nearly nine million requests for benefit verification letters in the past year. This new online service allows people to conduct business with Social Security without having to visit an office or make a phone call, and very often wait for a letter to arrive in the mail. It also will reduce the time spent by employees completing these requests and free them to focus on other workloads.

People age 18 and older can sign up for an account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Once there, they must be able to provide information about themselves and answers to questions that only they are likely to know. After completing the secure verification process, people can create a "My Social Security" account with a unique user name and password to access their information.

It's easy and doesn't take much time.

Memorial luncheon

Tickets are available for our annual memorial sponsored luncheon. Join us at noon Thursday for a free meal of porcupine meatballs, scalloped potatoes, broccoli and blueberry dessert. Tickets are required, so stop by the senior center office to get your ticket.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to the volunteers from the United Methodist Church and Duane Riley, who delivered Meals on Wheels last week. Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday, the TOPS Club will meet at 8:30 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The memorial sponsored lunch begins at noon. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, the day begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fiddlers, Pickers Singers will meet from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday, the senior center and Finney County Transit are closed for the Memorial Day holiday. Services resume at their regular times on Tuesday.

Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. Bingo is at 1:30 p.m.

May 29 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Library outreach is at 11:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance featuring the Moonshiners begins at 7:30 p.m. The recommended donation is $5.

Lunch menu

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Sponsored lunch featuring porcupine meatballs, scalloped potatoes, broccoli, blueberry dessert.

Friday: Baked fish or chicken strips, tator tots, five-way vegetables, dessert.

Monday: Closed.

Tuesday: Sweet/sour chicken, rice pilaf, oriental vegetables, peaches, wheat bread.

May 29: Taco salad, corn, tortilla chips, ambrosia.

Celebrating 35 years at the Senior Center of Finney County. Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.

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