AARP OUTREACH: Celebrating 85 years of social security with a question: How will the candidates protect this vital program?

by Patricia Pinto
AARP Maine Volunteer, State President

On August 14, Social Security turns 85 years old. This critical program has remained strong over its 85-year history largely because of its dedicated funding, vigorous support from the American people and the commitment of elected officials to work together in order to make the changes needed to secure its financial future.

Currently, 45 million retired workers and 3.1 million dependents receive Social Security benefits. Social Security also covers about 6 million survivors of deceased workers and 10 million employees with disabilities and their dependents. On average, one out of every 4 households rely on Social Security for 90 percent or more of their income.

In Maine, approximately 260,000 individuals age 65-plus receive Social Security checks each month. It is estimated that one-third of these beneficiaries have no other source of income. The importance of strengthening Social Security now and for future generations cannot be overstated.

This election season, AARP Maine is committed to protecting voters 50-plus and ensuring that all Mainers can vote safely and make their voices heard on the issues that matter. If candidates want to win in November, they must address key issues such as preventing cuts to Social Security. Congress and the White House must take action to ensure full Social Security benefits can continue to be paid after 2035, when the program is expected to run a funding shortfall.

As we celebrate the 85th anniversary of Social Security, AARP Maine encourages all Maine voters to take action this election season and ask the candidates how they intend to protect this program which has become a vital safety net for so many Americans, young and old. We can all hold candidates accountable for addressing Social Security’s future and planning for its continued solvency, equity, and longevity.

For more information on AARP’s commitment to voters 50-plus this election season, go to If you are interested in working with AARP Maine to advocate for Social Security’s future and for other important issues, please contact us at, visit our Facebook page, or call our toll-free number (866) 554-5380. We look forward to hearing from you!


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