Survivor-Only Beneficiaries in 2050Released: March 2015
Next expected update: 2018
DEFINITION: Survivor-only beneficiaries are individuals aged 60 or older who have not worked enough to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits on their own earnings records, but receive full or reduced survivor benefits solely based on the deceased spouse's earnings record. a
In 2050, we project that:
- 86 percent of survivor-only beneficiaries aged 60 or older will be women.
- The poverty rate will be higher for survivor-only beneficiaries compared with all beneficiaries aged 60 or older.
- More than half of survivor-only beneficiaries will be aged 80 or older, making them among the oldest old of all beneficiaries.
- Survivor-only beneficiaries will be disproportionately in low-earning households.