More than 40 million Americans are currently receiving Social Security benefits.
Come January they will be getting the smallest increase in their benefit checks in four years.
This coming year's Social Security increase is 1.4 percent. For the typical retiree that totals about $13. It may seem like pennies but experts say it's important to remember that any increase is better than none, especially in our economic times. That's Rick Haefele's feeling. He's with the Rockford Social Security office.
But, some seniors like Vivian Peterson think the increase is not enough, seniors who live on their Social Security benefits like Vivian aren't alone. There is economic help available. That's where the Northern Illinois Area Agency on Aging comes in.
Other help is also available. Stop at your local Social Security office or call the toll free number: 1-800-772-1213.