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If your mother worked and paid social security taxes on that income (which is typically handled by employer in payroll witholdings) and that was at least 10 years of work (even if part time), then she will likely have a benefit on her own record. She can find out, with your help, by going to www.ssa.gov/myaccount and creating a passworded account after which she can down load her annual social security earnings statement - this will tell you what years the SSA shows income and it will also tell her if she is eligible for retirement benefits on that record. If she is eligible on her own record, she can likely apply at ssa.gov - click on Benefits button. She also needs to make sure she signed up for Medicare! Delays can cause a serious increase in premiums, via a penalty for signing up late.
Also, if she was married in the past, she could be eligible for spousal, divorced spousal, or survivor benefits
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