Workshop explains Social Security benefits

A free informational workshop on maximizing Social Security benefits will be presented Jan. 28 in Puyallup by the Social Security Administration and the Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disability Resource Center.
The session is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Puyallup Public Library, located downtown at 324 S. Meridian. The presenter will be Kirk Larson, a public affairs specialist in western Washington for the Social Security Administration.
As the economy changes and the needs of consumers change, knowing how to make the most of Social Security benefits is becoming more and more important, officials said. For people preparing to start their benefits, a few simple tips might save them thousands of dollars. And for those currently receiving Social Security benefits, there may be ways to increase the benefits in the long term, according to officials.
Workshop participants can also learn how to negotiate the rules that apply to working while receiving benefits.