Does Alzheimer's qualify for Social Security?
This month the US Social Security Administration added 38 different diseases and conditions to their list of compassionate allowances – a collection of illnesses that are fast-tracked during the SSA disability benefits application process. One of the new additions to the list of compassionate allowances is early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
What is early-onset Alzheimer’s disease? Early-onset Alzheimer’s is a degenerative and terminal form of dementia that strikes people under the age of 65 years of age. While Alzheimer’s is somewhat common among older seniors, effecting about one in 100 people in the country, the early-onset form of the disease is rarer and considered much more tragic.
Those with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease usually presents itself first with memory problems and confusion. Over the years, the disease then progresses into a more serious condition that includes anger, aggression, severe memory loss, withdrawal, irritability, language problems, and general issues with everyday functioning. The life expectancy of someone with the disease is between seven and ten years on average.
Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease may be mild at first, but those suffering from the condition will soon need assistance living and will be unable to continue to work and support themselves. For this reason, many people in North Carolina diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease apply for Social Security disability benefits to help pay for their medical needs and general care as their condition worsens. Now, with the addition of the illness to the SSA’s list of compassionate allowances, those with the disease are more easily able to apply for benefits and more quickly receive the financial support that they need.