Social Security seminar planned

PIQUA — A free, one-hour educational seminar concerning Social Security planning will be Thursday, Sept. 14, and Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. at Edison Community College in Piqua.

The seminar is designed for baby boomers, persons who have recently retired or who are approaching retirement age, according to John Eikenberry of Eikenberry Retirement Planning, one of the presenters of the seminars.

“We are holding this free educational seminar because so many retirees and those nearing retirement age do not understand how their Social Security benefits really work,” Eikenberry said. “And most baby boomers do not understand the options available to them, and what the recent changes to Social Security can do to their retirement plans already in place.”

Eikenberry and certified financial planner Nick Boeckman will present the seminars. Both are trained in the most up-to-date Social Security-planning techniques and are members of a national educational program dedicated to providing its members with the latest Social Security-planning tools.

Eikenberry said that many financial advisers may not understand how Social Security works or how retirement-age men and women need to plan to be able to best utilize their Social Security benefits.

“Deciding when to start taking Social Security benefits can have a tremendous impact on the amount of benefits an individual receives during his/her lifetime,” he said. “We’re going to educate folks about their options and how those options can affect them positively and negatively.”

He said the seminar will also cover Social Security basics and will reveal little-known strategies for maximizing Social Security benefits.

“If you are recently retired or approaching retirement age,” he said, “attending this seminar will be time well spent. We had a great turnout in the spring and many of the attendees were unaware of all the possible options to electing Social Security they have available to them.”

To register, call 498-1128.

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