Alert
Close

Watch the NASCAR race on Sunday at the Pocono Raceway. Join the Drive to End Hunger!

Highlights

Open

AARP Games Tournament
AARP Auto Buying Program

AARP-iPad-ePub-app

Most Popular
ARTICLES

Viewed

Free Fun!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Work
PROGRAMS

Best Employers for Workers Over 50

See the latest winners of this AARP recognition program.

Employer Resource Center

Attract and retain top talent in a changing workforce.

Social Security Mailbox

At What Age Are a Widow's Benefits Paid?

For the full amount, she must wait until full retirement age

En español | Q. My wife is 16 years younger than I am. If I die tomorrow, will she get my full Social Security benefit or will she have to wait until she reaches a certain age?Back to Article

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Video Extra

A little known rule allows wives to claim Social Security spousal benefits early.

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Jobs You Might Like

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

UPS

Members get 15% off eligible products/services and 5% off shipping at The UPS Store®.

AARP Discounts on Consumer Cellular Phones and Plans

Members save 5% on monthly service and usage charges with Consumer Cellular.

Member Benefits

Renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Explore Your Learning Possiblities