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Thanksgiving is good time to talk about Social Security

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, families everywhere will be traveling to reunite with one another.

Generations will gather around dinner tables across the nation.

If some of the folks in your family like to talk about Social Security, make sure you're ready with a visit to www.socialsecurity.gov.

After table time, sit down for some online time with anyone in your family who needs information. Right on your tablet or laptop, you can help them apply for retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes, or Medicare in as little as 10.

There are a number of things you can help loved ones do online. Use the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool to see whether they qualify for benefits. Or use the Retirement Estimator for an instant and personalized estimate of their retirement benefits.

You can learn about these and other online services by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices.

If you're in a conversation about Social Security, use your smart phone or mobile device to visit our mobile-friendly frequently asked questions at www.socialsecurity.gov/faq.

If you end up talking about Social Security between turkey and pumpkin pie, rest assured that the authority on the subject is as close as your laptop, tablet or smart phone. Feast on the food at the table, and then take advantage of the feast of information and services available online at www.socialsecurity.gov.

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