Thank you for the additional information.
Yes, it is possible to continue to receive caregiver benefits for your child over 16 years of age, if your child is legally disabled. Normally, the caregiver benefits end when the youngest eligible child reaches age 16. However, benefits may continue when your child is over 16 if you can show that you need to exercise the same kind of parental authority for your over 16 child as you would for a child under 16. Social security will have to determine whether your son meets the standard of disability, and if he does, then you will get the caregiver benefit.
Social Security's definition of disability is as follows:
"Disability" under Social Security is based on a person's to work. They consider a person disabled under Social Security rules if:
- They cannot do work that they did before;
- They decide that the person cannot adjust to other work because of their medical condition(s); and
- That the disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.
You will need to apply to Social Security to have your son deemed disabled under the law, and then you will be eligible for continued benefits as the caregiver.
If you, yourself, are disabled, then if you want you may make a claim for your survivor benefit as early as age 50, rather than waiting until age 60.
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