News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 5, 2012

SOCIAL SECURITY: Make online services ‘par for the course’

Brian Hewitt
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — For many retirees (and near retirees), there is nothing that they look forward to as much as a day on the golf course. The game recently has been made more pleasurable by the use of computers and GPS technology. A hand-held electronic unit acts just like a personal caddie, providing quick and accurate yardage information — and much more. It saves time … as well as mental and physical effort.

So golfers should be among those retirees (and near retirees) to recognize the value of technology in other aspects of life, such as Social Security’s online services.

Just by logging onto your computer at www.socialsecurity.gov, you can handle such important Social Security business as:

• applying online for retirement, disability, or Medicare benefits;

• getting a personalized estimate of future benefits with our Retirement Estimator;

• accessing your Social Security statement online;

• changing your address or phone number in Social Security records once you start receiving benefits;

• signing up for or changing direct deposit; and

• much, much more.

One thing that golfers everywhere hate is slow play — waiting on the tee box, and then waiting again in the fairway.

While we can’t eliminate waits on the golf course, going online to www.socialsecurity.gov can eliminate the time you would spend sitting in traffic, being on “hold” while on the telephone, or waiting in lines at an office.

If you happen to be a golfer (or any other person) who loves tradition and hates to try new things, here’s a thought. The year 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of three of golf’s legends — Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead.

All of these golfing greats were quick to adapt to the newest golfing innovations of their day — and you should, too. Just go online to www.socialsecurity.gov and take a look at what we offer.

Once you do, I think you will appreciate the online/Internet option of handling your Social Security business.