The portion of people claiming Social Security retirement benefits at age 62 has declined, from over half of the eligible population in the 1990s to less than a third in the 2010s. Over time, the context for claiming Social Security has also changed, and the cohorts of retirees have changed, too. A recent report examines this context and the characteristics of those who decide to start claiming their benefit at the earliest eligibility age of 62 compared with those who wait.
Learn more in our latest report, The Changing Picture of Who Claims Social Security Early
The AARP Public Policy Institute examines demographic and economic trends that affect the solvency of the Social Security program and the adequacy of benefits. Millions of Americans rely on this vital program for their financial well-being today and millions more will rely on it in the years ahead.
Learn more from our policy experts and read what they’re saying about Social Security reform at AARP's blog.