How many people receive Social Security Benefits?

Currently, there are over 58 million individuals receiving Social Security benefits.  Social Security benefits include retirement benefits, survivor benefits, disabled workers, dependents of disabled workers as well as widower benefits. As you can see from the data below, there are over 47 million individuals receiving “Old-Age and Survivors Insurance” benefits.  The money distributed to these individuals are funds collected in the form a employment taxes from working individuals.  Every pay period taxes are deducted from employees as part of the Social Security retirement benefits system created in 1939. When individuals reach retirement age, they can apply to receive retirement benefits based upon the amount of money they contributed to this trust fund.  Currently, the average payment received from this trust fund is just over $1,235 per month. If you have more questions about Social Security benefits, you can review the www.ssa.gov web site, or contact your local Social Security office.  Click here to find the social security office nearest you. Social Security benefits, September 2014 Type of beneficiary Beneficiaries Total monthly benefits (millions of dollars) Average monthly benefit (dollars) Number (thousands) Percent Total 58,767 100.0 70,033 1,191.70 Old-Age and Survivors Insurance 47,844 81.4 59,105 1,235.39 Retirement benefits 41,724 71.0 52,447 1,256.98 Retired workers 38,797 66.0 50,536 1,302.56 Spouses of retired workers 2,301 3.9 1,514 657.87 Children of retired workers 625 1.1 397 634.14 Survivor benefits 6,119 10.4 6,659 1,088.13 Children of deceased workers 1,867 3.2 1,521 814.81 Widowed mothers and fathers 144 0.2 133 922.38 Nondisabled widow(er)s 3,848 6.5 4,819 1,252.12 Disabled widow(er)s 258 0.4 184 712.93 Parents of deceased workers 1 (L) 1 1,101.34 Disability Insurance 10,923 18.6 10,927 1,000.36 Disabled workers 8,958 15.2 10,260 1,145.34 Spouses of disabled workers 151 0.3 47 309.10 Children of disabled workers 1,814 3.1 620 341.91 SOURCE: Social Security Administration, Master Beneficiary Record, 100 percent data. NOTE: (L) = less than...

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Vivetuvida

Physical Activity ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® This is the Alliance’s national healthy lifestyle initiative. The annual family health celebration promotes physical activity, strengthening families, and community opportunities. The focus of the GUGM initiative is on making movement a part of our daily lives for people of all ages and all sizes. Leading Hispanic community-based organizations organize these annual family health celebrations. Events for 2011 will take place in 10 communities throughout the summer and fall across the country. Local activities are consistent with local resources and take place in neighborhood schools, downtown areas, parks, malls, stadiums, or even indoor gyms. Activities will emphasize the importance of being active, supporting families, and building community. ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® is made possible by the support of our national sponsor, Newman’s Own Foundation. Learn more at: Spanish: http://vivetuvida.org English:...

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Cross Cutting

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Depression

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Womens Health

Women’s Health Resources The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers (La guia de salud: consejos y respuestas para la mujer Latina) features cutting-edge information as well as “consejos” (conversational advice) throughout. It includes steps for leading a healthier life, themes for raising healthy children, and tools for tracking and monitoring health. The guide is written by one of the leading authorities on Latino health and is available in English and Spanish versions (Newmarket Press, New York, January 2010). The guide includes a section of “Health facts” on topics of special concern to Latinas from alcoholism and asthma to depression, diabetes, lupus, and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as website resources. Complimentary copies of the guide are being distributed by 100 Hispanic community-based agencies for use in their health promotion...

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Arthritis

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