When a person reaches retirement age in Sarasota, they often rely on Social Security benefits to help them make ends meet. With up to 33 percent of the population in this city being of retirement age, knowing a bit more about how to get help and who to call with questions can be quite beneficial. In most cases, if help is needed with anything related to Social Security, calling or visiting the local office will be beneficial.
There is one Social Security office located in Sarasota. It is located at Suite 301, 2001 Siesta Dr. To speak with a representative over the phone, residents can call the National Social Security phone number at 1-800-772-1213 or TTY at 1-800-325-0778. The offices close at 4 PM each day, besides Wednesday when they close at 12 PM to the public. There are other offices located outside of the city and finding one close to you is simple if you visit the Social Security office finder website.
Since there are limited offices in the Sarasota area, and such a high number of people who may need service, there are several nearby offices that may be beneficial to use as well. These include:
Bradenton SSA Office at 5540 SR 64 East, Suite 100 (this is only 11.09 miles from the Sarasota community) Venice, FL SSA Office at 1435 E Venice Ave (this office is only 18.09 miles from Sarasota) Port Charlotte SSA Office at 1600 Tamiami Trail, Suite 200 (located 33.22 miles from Sarasota)
When visiting the local offices, be sure to have all the necessary documents and paperwork to make the visit as stress-free as possible.
There are several ways that a senior can apply for retirement benefits. One option is to use the Social Security’s Retirement/Medicare benefits application. They can also call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 to begin the application process.
Another option for seniors who are applying for Social Security and who wish to stay in the workforce is the Social Security sponsored program, Ticket to Work. This is a free and voluntary program that helps people (up to the age of 64) make progress to achieve financial independence.
There are a number of online resources and tools for seniors in Sarasota. Not only are these tools convenient, they minimize the need for people to actually visit the office to get their questions answered or handle other tasks. Some of the resources available online include:
A Social Security benefit calculator Retirement Pension Planner calculator Retirement income with Social Security calculator Order a lost card Update information Create a Social Security My Account to track payments, benefits and more Fill out an application for benefits
Using the online resources will minimize the time spent at the office and allow you to handle the various tasks that may need to be done in relation to your Social Security benefits.
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