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This Week's Carenote - 05/01/12

I am trying to get some information on any benefits that are available for caregivers.  My husband became disabled in 1999 and went on Social Security disability two years later.  I just turned 64 and am thinking about retiring, to be there for my husband who has been on dialysis for the past two years.  But I donít know how we will swing it if I go on Social Security as we struggle even while I work full-time. Since I am not eligible for Medicare until I am 65, I would have to pay higher premiums.  We moved in with my son back in 2010 when my husband was diagnosed with end stage renal failure as we could no longer afford to stay in our own home with my husbandís expenses.  Is there any literature that might explain how to determine if I am eligible for benefits?

Margaret in Philadephia

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