For many seniors, applying for Social Security benefits can be a confusing and daunting task. There are dozens of different types of benefits available, and it’s hard to know which ones you might be eligible for.
But even if you think you’ve done your research and have a good understanding of the various kinds of benefits that exist, there’s a good chance you’re still overlooking some. Unused Social Security benefits could be costing you thousands of dollars every year.
Types of Overlooked Social Security Benefits
According to Yahoo! Finance, disability benefits, survivor benefits, and spousal benefits are often left unclaimed.
Disability benefits can be a lifeline for seniors who are unable to work due to a physical or mental impairment. And survivor benefits can provide much-needed financial support to the loved ones of a deceased spouse or parent.
Spousal benefits, on the other hand, are often overlooked because many seniors mistakenly believe they aren’t eligible. And without applying for these benefits, you could be leaving thousands of dollars on the table.
It’s worth applying for all the unused Social Security benefits you might be eligible for, even if you’re not sure you’ll qualify.
The Seniors Center is here to take some of the guesswork out of Social Security. From articles on how to apply for benefits, to information on what types of benefits you might be eligible for, we can help you navigate the Social Security system. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook so you never miss a post!