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When Can You Get Benefits?

The full retirement age (FRA) for widow(er) s is 66 years for those claimants born between 1945 and 1956. Note that this FRA differs from that of the other groups discussed here. If your birth year falls outside this range, see the SSA's chart listing retirement ages for survivors based on year of birth for further information. As a widow(er) you can claim benefits as early as age 60, although at reduced benefits.