Minn. state programs differ by retirement age

Published 6:00 pm Saturday, July 30, 2011

There is no set age when a person becomes a “senior citizen.” The age requirements for federal and state programs and entitlements are established by legislative action.

You are eligible at 60 for:

• Social Security benefits to surviving spouse.

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• Railroad Retirement Benefits.

•Local programs funded under the Older Americans Act.

•Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

At 62 for:

•Reduced Fare Program (transportation).

•Senior citizen federally subsidized housing and congregate housing.

•80 percent Social Security/Railroad Retirement benefits for retirees.

At 65 for:

•Full Social Security benefits (if income is less than $14,500).

• Medicare/Medicaid coverage.

• Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged And Disabled (PAAD).

• Lifelong Credit Program.

•Hunting and Fishing Licenses at a reduced fee.

• Tuition-free or reduced fee courses at NJ public institutions of higher learning and some private institutions.

• Senior citizen property tax deduction if eligible.

At 70 for:

• Full Social Security benefits regardless of the amount of earned income.

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