Thursday, January 20, 2011
Social Security is the mainstay of economic security for older Americans. Two in three seniors who
receive benefits get more than half their total income from Social Security. For one in three, benefits
account for almost all (90 percent or more) of their income. But Social Security is more than a retirement
program; it is also a family protection plan. About 3.3 million children receive benefits because
one or both of their parents are disabled, deceased, or retired. These monthly benefits help stabilize
families across the nation and across generations.
Download/Read SS Fact Sheet No.01_Social Security Across Generations.pdf