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You can deduct medical expenses over 7.5% (if 65 or older) of your AGI. In her case she can deduct medical expenses over $8625. Also, to deduct medical expenses she will need to itemize her deduction. Her standard deduction (given to everybody, increased by $1250 because of her age) for 2016 tax year will be $7550. If her medical expenses are more than $16,175, she will actually benefit from the deduction.
Depending on her tax bracket, a $1000 will reduce her taxes by about $250 (in 25% tax bracket). Let's assume that she will have 50K in medical expenses, out of which 34K will reduce her taxable income in addition to standard deduction. Her tax liability will be reduced by $8500.
But keep in mind that the deduction will not generate an additional refund, it only reduce or eliminate her tax liability, and refund what was withheld from pension or social security income.
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