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Living on Social Security

Five recipients share how they survive and thrive on benefits alone 

En español | Social Security was never designed to be the sole source of income for older Americans. But in an era of disappearing pensions, dwindling savings and longer life spans, it has become the primary, and at times the only, financial lifeline for some. How well can one live on Social Security? That depends on where you live, how you live and other factors. Here is how some people do it.