Norman Public Library
Learn more about how the Social Security system is changing and how that could affect the future at the Norman Public Library program, “Social Security and You,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Lowry Room of the library, 225 N. Webster Ave.
Jose Olivero, Public Affairs Specialist and Spokesman for the Social Security Administration’s area office in Oklahoma City, will be the presenter.
He will talk about many aspects of Social Security, including a focus on the number of things people now are able to do online through its website .
“It’s the number one user-friendly website in government,” he said. “It’s pretty straightforward, you can come in and out of what you need, and we’ve made it really user friendly.”
“We had to find ways that our population that needs services can find things online. That is our goal, to expand knowledge of online services, and the number of things people can go up and do. Most services are there now.”
Olivero’s appearance takes place just two days after the presidential election will decide who will be the country’s leader for the next four years. He said regardless of the outcome, Social Security will continue to have tight budgetary days,.
“We are trying to find ways to continue to provide services to the community but we don’t have the staff,” he said. “Our staff numbers have been frozen for three years.”
Olivero will look at such topics as Medicare, starting a business, planning for retirement, handling the death of a family member or saving money to attend college, all if which are addressed by the website he will demonstrate.
While some of his job is in outreach and information to communities about Social Security, Olivero said because of budget constraints, he is not able to get out and give many informative talks like this one.
But as he is a Norman resident, he is able to give this discussion after his work day and thus free of charge both for those attending and his employer, as a service to his community.
“My wife and my daughter have never seen the show, so they get to see it after all these years,” he joked.
Registration is required to attend the presentation.
For more information, or to register, visit the library, call 701-2600 or go online here .