What happens to your Social Security payments when one spouse dies
When Social Security was created, family benefits did not drop off sharply when one spouse died because few women were in the workforce. But with the first baby boomers now age 72, the volume of very difficult survivor situations will be increasing sharply.
Income threat: 4 mistakes that could slash your overall Social Security benefits
Though Social Security was never designed to sustain retirees by itself, it can serve as a substantial income source. That's why it's crucial to get the most money out of the program as possible.