You are eligible for monthly cash retirement insurance benefits (also called old-age insurance benefits) when you are age 62 or older and meet the conditions described in §301.
Additional monthly benefits, called auxiliary benefits, may be payable to other persons based on your earnings record as follows:
These auxiliary benefits may also be payable on your earnings record if you are entitled to a disability insurance benefit. (See Chapter 5.)
Last Revised: March, 2001
Social Security Handbook