While the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment is expected to be 6% in 2022, according to The Senior Citizens League, even that increase won't fill the hole that inflation has eaten in the real value of benefits, the advocacy group says.

Since 2000, Social Security benefits have lost 32% of their buying power despite yearly inflation adjustments, the group found in a new study. While COLAs have increased Social Security benefits 55% in that time, the typical older adult's expenses have increased by 104.8%, according to the study.

In other words: A Social Security benefit that grew to $1,262.40 per month in 2021 from $816 in 2000 should have grown to $1,671 to keep up with rising costs, according to the advocacy group.

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Ginger Szala

Ginger Szala is executive managing editor of Investment Advisor magazine. She covered the financial business and alternatives industry for 30 years while editor of Futures Magazine Group. MSJ Northwestern, BA University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is based in Chicago. Go Blackhawks!