AARP Hosts Social Security Summit Dec. 8 at NHIOP

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MANCHESTER, NH – AARP New Hampshire will host a Social Security Summit on December 8 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, in Manchester.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required at

The Social Security Summit is part of AARP’s campaign called Take a Stand – — which asks Presidential candidates to Take a Stand for Social Security by offering their plans to update this critical program.  AARP expects every Presidential candidate to lay out their plans to make Social Security financially sound for the next 75 years so current and future generations can receive the adequate benefits they’ve earned.

“Social Security is the bedrock of financial security for most Americans,” said AARP New Hampshire State Director Todd Fahey.  “Without change, beneficiaries could see a 25 percent drop in benefits by the year 2034.  That translates into a $4,000 to $10,000 yearly benefit cut.  We need Presidential leadership to update this critical program and the problem is best addressed sooner rather than later.”

In New Hampshire, one in five residents receives Social Security.  The program lifts 68,000 retirees from poverty and for three in ten 65+, it is the only source of income.  Nearly all residents 65 and older receive Social Security and the average benefit is about $1,312 a month.

The Summit is designed to educate voters on the policy solutions that have been discussed over the years and highlight the plans offered by the Presidential candidates.  The program will consist of two segments.  From 10:30 to noon, national thought leaders on both sides of the political aisle will discuss the challenges facing Social Security and solutions to those challenges.  Starting at 1:00, AARP has invited the presidential candidates and/or their representatives to discuss their plans for keeping Social Security strong for today and tomorrow, whether in person or by pre-recorded video.  Up-to-date information on which Presidential candidates will participate can be found at  Lunch will also be provided to attendees.

“New Hampshire voters deserve real ideas and leadership – not 30-second sound bites – on this critical program,” added Fahey.

The Social Security Summit is free of charge but registrations are required.


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