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December 21, 2013

Social Security: A new look at the Christmas classics, and Social Security


Maybe Scrooge would have replied, “What’s happened to Social Security, has it run out of money?”

But my favorite has to be the scene in “It’s a Wonderful Life” when Jimmy Stewart stands on the bridge getting ready to jump. (You remember, just before he meets Clarence, his guardian angel.) A great scene, no doubt, but I find myself doing a quick calculation of what Donna Reed and the kids might expect to receive in Social Security survivor benefits.

Maybe I need a vacation. Have a happy holiday.


Thanks, Dad. And whether your family tradition involves watching the classic movies or the remakes, remember that the way we do business with Social Security also has changed with the times. Today, you can do so much online at, and we even have a mobile app, a Facebook page and we’re on Twitter and Pinterest.

So, while the snow is falling and the wind is howling, you can always stay safe and warm and do you Social Security business online at You can handle much of your Social Security business quickly and securely from your home or office computer, or your tablet. At the Social Security website, you can:

• create a “my Social Security” account for quick access to your information;

• get an instant, personalized estimate of your future Social Security benefits;

• apply for retirement, disability, spouse’s, and Medicare benefits;

• check the status of your benefit application;

• change your address and phone number, if you receive monthly Social Security benefits;

• sign up for direct deposit of Social Security benefits;

• use our benefit planners to help you better understand your Social Security options as you plan for your financial future;

• request a replacement Medicare card; and

• apply for Extra Help with your Medicare prescription drug costs.

And most importantly, have a very happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.

Tracey W. Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText ColorMarmet is district manager of the Oneonta office of the Social Security Administration. Other ‘Senior Scene’ columns can be found at

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