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Widows are eligible to begin drawing retirement benefits at age 60 if they have not remarried before that time. Disabled widows are eligible at 50.

A widow or ex-spouse may draw survivors' benefits at any age if she is raising the decedent's dependent minor children who are under age 16. The children should also qualify for separate survivor benefits.

Please call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 to speak with a representative about your specific situation.
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