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Most people look at the benefits they would receive today when making their decision about when to begin receiving their Social Security. They also underestimate how long they may live unless they already have medical issues that are known to reduce longevity.
These two impulses cause many couples to begin their benefits too early which has an adverse effect for survivor income. When one person dies, the lowest benefit “goes away” and the highest benefit “remains.”
The article below explains how that works with a couple and their Social Security benefits at various ages.