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Securing Tomorrow: Navigating Social Security Retirement & Survivor Benefits

Securing Tomorrow: Navigating Social Security Retirement & Survivor Benefits

About This Webinar:

Social Security retirement benefits provide financial support to individuals who have worked and contributed to the Social Security system. The amount of the retirement benefit is based on factors such as the individual’s earnings history and the age at which they choose to claim benefits. Survivor’s benefits are designed to provide financial assistance to the surviving family members of a deceased individual who was eligible for Social Security benefits. The amount of survivor’s benefits is influenced by factors such as the deceased individual’s earnings history and the age at which the survivor chooses to claim the benefits. In both cases, understanding the eligibility criteria, claiming strategies, and potential impacts on overall financial planning is crucial for individuals and families seeking to optimize their Social Security benefits. This webinar will provide a comprehensive look at retirement and survivor benefits from the Social Security Administration and provide the knowledge and resources for providers to make informed decisions, ensuring a secure and prosperous future for the families they serve.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the various retirement benefit options provided by the Social Security Administration.
  • Understand the critical aspects of survivor benefits and how they offer a safety net for loved ones in times of loss.
  • Discover smart and strategic approaches to maximize social security benefits.
  • Gain valuable tips on effective financial planning for retirement and beyond.


Rhonda Romero

Public Affairs Specialist
Social Security Administration (SSA)

Rhonda Romero began her career with Social Security Administration in 2001 as a Supplemental Security Income Claims Representative. In 2014 she became the Public Affairs Specialist for New Mexico and part of West Texas. Rhonda serves on SSA’s National Alaska Native and American Indian Committee and Dallas Regional Native American Workgroup. Rhonda is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico where she currently resides.

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This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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