Getting Social Security before age 62
Age 62 is the “normal” eligibility age for those wishing to collect Social Security from a lifetime of working, or for the spouse of an eligible retireee. That would be considered “early retirement”, because Social Security’s full retirement age is between 66 and 67, depending upon the year you were born. However, it is possible in certain circumstances to collect benefits before age 62, such as for a disable worker, a younger survivor or a survivor caring for the minor child of a deceased retiree, the minor children of a Social Security retiree, and even a younger spouse caring for the minor children of a retiree. As explained in this Yahoo! Finance article by Brian Stoffel, all of these can potentially collect Social Security benefits before the “normal” age of 62. Click here to read more.