Q: I am 74 years old and have been getting my Social Security for over 10 years now. It's barely enough to live on, so I was thrilled when someone even older than me told me he read about some kind of special Social Security payment for folks who are over 72 years old. He said they are called "proud" benefits. What can you tell me about that?
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