A Fruitful Retirement: Social Security Benefit Taking your Social Security benefits at the right time may help maximize your benefit. Share | Related Content Raise Your Retirement Income Retirees look for ways to convert savings and investments into regular income. One option to consider is an annuity. Social Security: Maximizing Benefits There are other ways to maximize Social Security benefits, in addition to waiting to claim them. Retirement Plan Distributions There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.