Social Security Benefits to Increase for 2012

Karen Etier relies solely on Social Security for her income.  She says it's barely enough to get by.

"Social Security hardly isn't enough to get around you know?  They've had an increase where I live on my rent and of course everything else keeps going up," said Karen.

For the first time since 1975, when cost of living adjustments to Social Security were made automatically, 2010 and 2009 saw no increase due to low inflation.  Seniors say they really felt the difference.

"Everything has went up but social security didn't go up so that's really hard sometimes you know," Karen said.

"Just kind of have to change your living and just make do, just have to roll with the punches," said Ed Smith.

These seniors say they and their friends have had to make adjustments to their daily lives.  Already working to stretch their dollars, these past two years were a struggle.

"After I pay all my bills that I have each month I have less than $100 to live on for a whole month- buy groceries and gas," Karen said.

That's why today's announcement of the coming year's 3.6% increase in benefits has been big news at the Red Door Senior Center.

"They are all happy.  We we're discussing it this morning," said Ed.

And many say they think it's about time they saw the increase.

"Everybody is having the same problem, so we'll be glad to see it increase anyhow," Karen said.

"I think it's a wonderful idea.  Should have happened a little sooner,"added Ed.

Taelor Rian, Newschannel 6.