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Social Security navigation workshops coming this spring

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You can never be too early or too late when it comes time to planning for a secure retirement. There are many factors to consider when making that monumental decision and one of them is Social Security.

AARP Michigan, in collaboration with Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Vonda VanTil, will offer Social Security navigation workshops this spring.  Scheduled workshops include:

Facebook Live: April 10 at 3:00 p.m. Your questions will be answered during this live event on Facebook. Register on our Facebook page: Social Security Facebook Live Event

Grand Rapids: May 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, 2315 Eaglecrest Dr. NE. Register at:

Jackson: May 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Gene Davis & Sons, 3575 Francis Street. Register at

Lansing: May 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Delta Township Library, 5130 Davenport Dr.,Lansing. Register at:

An additional workshop will be scheduled in Metro Detroit. Return to this page for details.

We know that navigating a government program can be overwhelming, intimidating and daunting. However, you will be amazed at how easy it is to work with Social Security, to navigate their planning resources, get your questions answered and utilize the online tools to ensure you make the right decision.

This session will provide details not only on the retirement program but will cover the not so common filing strategy options when it comes to spouses and divorced spouses benefits, key factors to consider when determining the right time to file, how you can work and collect benefits at the same time and how and when to file the application. In addition, find out how your decision on when to file for retirement benefits can affect widow(er)s benefits and learn about Medicare - when you must have it and when you don't need it.

Social Security Presenter Vonda VanTil has been with the agency for 27 years and has vast experience in conducting public outreach, education and training. Take the first step in planning for your future by taking advantage of this Social Security educational session provided by a Social Security employee.

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