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Library program tackles questions on social security

Nearing retirement?

Have questions about how Social Security will play into your future financial situation?

Then plan to attend a free program at the Pueblo West Library on Aug. 9 to learn more.

A representative from the Pueblo Social Security office will present information and answer questions to help people develop a foundation for planning their future with Social Security.

The program is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Pueblo West Library.

Speaker Sandra Pino, the Operations Supervisor from the Pueblo office will help those in attendance with all their Social Security questions.

“This is good for anybody that is getting ready to retire in the next five years or so,” Pino said.

“We’ll talk about how to apply for retirement benefits, how they’re computed, how a pension that did not pay into social security is going to affect your social security, information on spouse and widow benefits, Medicare and more.”

Pino said she will also showcase the “My Social Security” account on the ssa.gov website, which allows users to create an account and do things like print proof of social security benefits, change your address or direct deposit location and more.

“We’re really going to encourage people to take advantage of that,” she said.

Pino said the presentation and subsequent answer session can be very useful because lots of people wonder exactly how social security works, and particularly how their benefit will be computed.

“This delves into a little more technical information than what you’d get from hearsay,” Pino said.

“More in depth than you’d get reading a publication or talking to your neighbor.”

After her main presentation, Pino will take questions about social security and will have a variety of pamphlets to take home with information on different types of benefits.

Deborah Krauth, Business Librarian at Pueblo West, said she is excited to have Pino educate Pueblo West residents about the ins and outs of social security.

“I would say education is power, and knowledge is power. And the more you know to do your planning, now you’re armed,” she said.

“People can get a sense of confidence that they’re doing the right thing at the right time.”

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