Mar 31, 2015
AARP’s Social Security For Dummies®, 2nd Edition
Take the mystery out of Social Security and maximize your benefits when you retire

INDIANAPOLIS, INWiley and AARP today announce the second edition of AARP’s Social Security For Dummies® (Wiley, 978-1-118-96756-0, March 2015, $19.99), the definitive resource for navigating the often-complex world of Social Security retirement benefits and the U.S. Social Security Administration. This new edition provides important updates to relevant dates and resources to help readers get the benefits they’ve earned.

For those nearing retirement age or needing to take disability—or assisting someone who is—this newly updated book outlines how to avoid common pitfalls, learn when to claim benefits and determine how much money to expect to receive each month.

AARP’s Social Security For Dummies, 2nd Edition features detailed information including:

  • Understanding new Social Security Administration policies and what they mean for individuals
  • Determining how to incorporate Social Security into an overall retirement plan
  • Learning how to use Social Security calculators and statements 
  • Keeping your Social Security number safe
  • Finding additional resources to use

“This is your go-to book on Social Security,” says Steve Vernon, author of Money for Life: Turn Your IRA and 401(k) Into a Lifetime Retirement Paycheck and CBS MoneyWatch commentator. “Chock-full of useful tips, easy to use, and well organized, it answers all your questions about Social Security."

AARP’s Social Security For Dummies, 2nd Edition is available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a full list of retailers, To request a review copy or author interview, contact Chantal Kowalski at


About the Author

Jonathan Peterson is Executive Communications Director at AARP and an award-winning journalist. He is a former Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. During his news career, he covered the White House, state and national political campaigns, and various facets of U.S. domestic and economic policy. He was a 2007 National Press Foundation fellow in the Retirement Issue on the 21st Century program.

About For Dummies®

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About AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin;; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at

Chantal Kowalski, Wiley, 317-572-3492, 
Kristin S. Palmer, AARP, 202-434-2560,