Emma, aside from how he may feel not working, there are some things to consider about
early retirement: The amount he will get will be considerably less than if he hangs in there until full retirement age. Also, he would then have to wait until he's 65 to get Medicare. The only way around this is by filing for SS Disability. When approved, the applicant gets what they would have gotten at full retirement age. If it takes 2 years or more to get approved, then Medicare kicks in at that time (as it did in my case.) Otherwise, there is a 2-year waiting period for Medicare, from the time one applies for SSD.
That had to have been a real shock to your hubby to lose his job after 30 years, and certainly an understandable reason for being depressed and drinking more.
I have to tell you, though, that when his 6 months of alcohol counseling is done, his best chance for staying sober is AA.
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