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Can Social Security Benefits Only Be Collected By Retired Workers? Skip to content

Have questions about your Social Security benefits? The AARP Social Security Resource Center can help.

 

Is Social Security just for retired workers?

En españolFar from it. While retirees account for about 70 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits, Social Security also makes payments to:

Here are a few key Social Security stats as of December 2018:

  • Nearly 63 million people are drawing retirement, disability, family or survivor benefits from Social Security, totaling about $84.4 billion a month.
  • About 6.5 percent of those beneficiaries are children. Social Security pays more benefits to children than any other program of the federal government. 
  • More than 8.1 million people are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), cash assistance to low-income people who are over 65, blind or disabled. SSI is administered but not paid for by the Social Security Administration. 

Published October 10, 2018

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