Alzheimer’s Disease and SSDI: What Do I Need to Know?

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month. Photo of Social Security card and Medicare enrollment form

If you know someone who suffers from the disease, the Alzheimer’s Association is asking you to wear purple in support of the people in your community.

Sadly, an estimated 3 million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s, with approximately 200,000 victims being under the age of 65, who struggle with early onset symptoms. It is estimated that the numbers will continue to grow as the population ages. Some reports indicate that by 2025, about 7.1 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

Alzheimer’s often robs people of their independence as it results in confusion and memory loss. There is no known cure for the disease. Awareness is important so that people can discuss early warning signs for the disease including declines in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. If you are experiencing these issues, early detection and medical assistance can help ease the complications of Alzheimer’s.

For more information about how you can raise awareness, you can visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.

Can I Collect SSDI Benefits With Alzheimer’s?

If you are struggling with Alzheimer’s or your loved one has these symptoms, you should know that many victims are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) added early-onset Alzheimer’s to its Compassionate Allowances program (CAL), meaning you may be able to collect benefits at an expedited pace.

To qualify for SSDI, you will need to prove that you can no longer work and you must have earned credits. Additionally, you should be prepared to show the SSA medical records that confirmed your diagnosis with the disease.

If you have questions about your SSDI eligibility when it comes to Alzheimer’s, speak to our Tulsa Social Security lawyers by calling (918) 587-0050.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers

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