You can learn more about retirement benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits/retirement. Our resources and publications are easy to share with people you think might need the information.
Many people think of Social Security as just a retirement program. And it’s true that most of the people receiving benefits are retired, but others receive benefits because they’re:
Individuals with disabilities;
A spouse or child of someone who receives benefits;
A divorced spouse of someone getting or eligible for Social Security;
The spouse or child of a worker who died;
A divorced spouse of a worker who died; or
The dependent parent of a worker who died.
If you can’t work because of a physical or mental condition that’s expected to last at least one year or result in death, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
Our disability rules are different from private or other government agency programs. Qualifying for disability from another agency or program doesn’t mean you will be eligible for disability benefits from us. Having a statement from your doctor saying you’re disabled doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.
We’ve made learning about our disability programs very easy at www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits/disability.
Please share these resources with friends and family who might need them.