Social Security 101: retirement and disability questions

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Sixty-six million Americans benefit from Social Security, either through retirement income or disability support. Will it be there for you when you need it?

Alaska has the fastest growing older population in the country, per capita. When should you retire? When can you? If you decide to retire early, how does that affect your Social Security retirement benefits? What are survivor benefits and how do they work? What tools are available for you to calculate your own retirement plan? Can you retire and begin receiving Social Security, and still work?

If you become disabled, how do you apply for Social Security disability? How much help can you anticipate getting? What if your application is denied? How do appeals work?

What about Social Security fraud? How can Americans be assured that this funding source is used by the people who paid in to it and who need it?

On the next Hometown Alaska, we’ve invited a Social Security public affairs representative to join us and answer your questions. His name is Kirk Larson, and he has worked with the agency for more than 25 years. He is the Alaska/Washington representative. Bring your Social Security questions and concerns, and join us on the next Hometown Alaska.


HOSTKathleen McCoy


  • Kirk Larson, public affairs, Social Security Administration, Alaska/Washington
  • Listeners and callers





  • Call 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752 (statewide) during the live broadcast (2:00 – 3:00pm)
  • Send e-mail to before, during or after the live broadcast (e-mails may be read on air)
  • Post your comment or question below (comments may be read on air)

LIVE: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

REPEAT: Wednesday, December 6 2017 at 8:00 p.m.


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