Alzheimer’s Disease

Social Security Disability for Alzheimer's Disease

Facts About Social Security Disability For Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative neurological health condition that affects the brain and results in slow progressive cognitive decline. Short term memory loss is usually the first indication of Alzheimer’s, which becomes even more evident as the condition worsens. With time, the Alzheimer’s will affect different aspects of a person’s life like behavior, speech, problem-solving and general recognition abilities. There’s currently no known cure of Alzheimer’s with it being the sixth leading cause of deaths in the states.

Alzheimer's Disease

Symptoms are manageable via therapies, lifestyle changes and medications to slow down the progression of the disease and improve life quality. If you or your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, applying for Social Security disability benefits can really help you out. So how do you know you’re eligible and qualify to get Social Security Disability for Alzheimer’s?

Medical Eligibility

The SSA uses their Blue Book to help them determine who’s eligible, automatically flagging applications meeting their medical criteria requirements. On top of their medical guide, the SSA needs irrefutable proof that you’re unable to perform job duties and will want to see evidence of the same. The success of the disability claim is heavily hinged on your medical documents and the doctor’s written statements. Fill out the application form accurately, including a sufficient amount of medical proof for easy processing of your application.

Technical Eligibility

The SSA provides both retirement and disability benefits to Americans, but the two programs aren’t the same. Regardless of the diagnosis, you can’t supplement your disability benefits with Social Security retirement benefits. The majority of people who have Alzheimer’s disease are above 65 years, which means they are too old to claim disability benefits via the SSDI or SSI program. If you’re between the ages of 62-66 and unable to work due to the disease, you’re eligible for early retirement. You can apply for disability first and receive payments you would have otherwise gotten after retirement were you able to continue with the employment.

Expedited Processing Of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

Diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease happens when a person exhibits symptoms of the disease before age 65. It usually affects people between ages 40 and 50. The SSA most recently updated its list of Compassionate Allowance conditions to include early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Processing of the applicant’s disability claim will be fast-tracked and is usually approved within a matter of weeks. It’s crucial to point out the exact diagnosis is ‘early-onset Alzheimer’s disease’ on the application form to make it easy for the SSA to approve the application. Through this expedited process, applicants suffering from the disease won’t undergo the hassle of denials and appeals as the condition gets worse.

The SSA has a particular criterion for when Alzheimer’s can be considered to be a disability, but an early-onset prognosis usually gets fast-tracked under the SSA’s Compassionate Allowance program. It’s not always guaranteed for your disability claim to be approved, which is why you need the services of a disability advocate to assist you with all the intricacies of the application process. He/she will assist you in structuring your information in such a way an adjudicator can easily understand.

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