Many people in the United States are concerned about the future of Social Security benefits. This includes the benefits associated with retirement as well as disability. Furthermore, these benefits are rarely enough for retired or disabled persons to take care of their rent, house payment, or other basic needs.
In 2012, 5.7 million people began collecting Social Security benefits for the first time. Benefits were awarded in these separate categories:
- Retired workers: 48%
- Disabled workers: 17%
- Survivors and dependents of deceased workers: 35%
Many older Americans need to continue working past retirement age. As a result, around half of their income is from SSA benefits. This was the case in 2013, where 64% of older beneficiaries were in this situation.