Program Description

Are you the disabled widow(er) of a spouse who worked long enough to earn Social Security credits? If so, you may qualify for benefits.

Learn more on the Disability Planner: Benefits for Disabled Widows or Widowers page.

General Program Requirements

As a disabled widow(er), you may qualify for benefits if you meet the conditions below:

  • You are between ages 50 and 60,
  • You meet the definition of disability for adults, and
  • Your disability started before or within seven years of your spouse’s death.

Other terms and conditions may apply.

Application Process

Visit the Information You Need to Apply for Widow’s, Widower’s, or Surviving Divorced Spouse’s Benefits – Form SSA-10 page for details on how to apply.

If you want to apply for disability benefits as a survivor, call one of the phone numbers below to make an appointment.

To find other Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits you may qualify for, use the SSA Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) on When you complete the questionnaire, you get a list of benefits to review. You can print this page for your records.

When you know which benefits you may apply for, click Apply for Social Security Benefits to apply online. You can also call the phone numbers below to learn more about SSA benefits or to set up an appointment.

Last Updated: 11/18/2019