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Even if he or she has never worked under Social Security, your spouse may be able to get benefits if he or she is at least 62 years of age and you are receiving or eligible for retirement or disability benefits (which you are). She could have been receiving this at age 62 but her benefits would have been decreased. If your spouse qualifies on her own record, social security will pay that amount first. But if she also qualifies for a higher amount as a spouse, she'll get a combination of benefits that equals that higher amount.
If your spouse has reached full retirement age and is eligible for a spouse's benefit and her own retirement benefit, she can choose to receive only the spouse's benefit when she applies online and delay receiving retirement benefits until a later date. If retirement benefits are delayed, a higher benefit may be received at a later date based on the effect of delayed retirement credits (see link to ascertain these credits - https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/delayret.html)
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