Dementia and Disability Benefits
Living with Dementia can be devastating. It can make people unable to perform their daily core activities. The long-term loss of quality of life is challenging to handle when living with a disability. The fact is, many people who have Dementia are unable to work, and this makes it even more overwhelming to manage and live with a severe medical condition.
Fortunately, people who have a disability that is expected to last at least a year may be eligible for social security benefits. You may get approval for SSDI benefits. These benefits are paid to people who have worked in the past. Since SSDI is a type of insurance policy managed by the federal government, people who receive these benefits have earned them.
What is Dementia? Is Dementia A Disability?
Dementia refers to a decline in cognitive function. While the term is often used to describe a specific condition, it is a characteristic of many types of cognitive disorders. One common type of Dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. This degenerative disease results in a rapid decline in neurological function. People who have Alzheimer’s disease experience memory issues.
These issues can be- trouble with remembering new information, significant changes in mood, change in personality, disorientation, and difficulty interacting with others. Advanced stages often leave a person unable to recognize loved ones, complete basic hygiene tasks, or recall information about their past.
Alzheimer’s disease is undoubtedly a fatal condition, and it can make a person disable.
Along with Alzheimer’s disease, some people experience another type of Dementia. An example of mixed Dementia is Alzheimer’s disease and vascular Dementia. Loss of memory is just one symptom of mixed Dementia. People who have vascular Dementia may experience a loss of motor skills that cannot be recovered over time.
Getting Social Security Disability Benefits for Dementia
Whether a person is eligible for SSDI benefits when suffering from Dementia depends on whether the individual meets the requirements of a listing maintained by the Social Security Administration (SSA). People who have Alzheimer’s will need to prove that they are experiencing frequent memory loss, disorientation, or changes in behavior.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will consider you disabled only if your specific requirements as per the SSA are listing of impairments are met. The SSA may also grant benefits if you have experienced reduced functioning due to Dementia. You are more likely to get your benefits if you are not able to do your past work or other core work due to Dementia.
So, to get these benefits, you should have medical evidence showing your inability in some of the following areas:
- Efficient to plan and judge
- Learning and remembering capability
- Paying attention
- Proper social behavior in different scenarios
- Physical coordination
- Average social judgment skills
So, if you have records showing the inability of the above functionalities, then SSA can approve your disability application for Dementia. SSA tends to look at whether your ability to perform basic functioning is adversely affected or not. If yes, then you are sure to get the benefits you deserve for dementia-related sufferings.
Can You Get Disability for Dementia?
If dementia patients meet the requirements outlined by the SSA, he/she can get benefits.
Although older people are at higher risk of suffering from Dementia, the onset of its symptoms can be seen at any age. If dementia symptoms prevent you from working for more than one year or more, then you can get disability benefits. You can apply for Social Security Disability (SSD/SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in such cases without any hesitation. But getting these benefits from social security is not an easy task. You should have more than sufficient documents or other proofs to show your disability due to Dementia.
Getting Help From an Attorney for Dementia Disability Benefits
The SSA denies over half of the first-time applications for SSDI benefits. The most common reason for a claim to be rejected is a lack of adequate medical evidence of disability. Since Dementia is degenerative and affects cognitive ability, people who suffer from any type of dementia need a representative on their side when filing for SSDI benefits. SSDI lawyers can apply for benefits on behalf of their clients. These experienced professionals understand the requirements associated with filing for benefits and will work to gather evidence and fill out paperwork. When SSDI benefits are needed to pay for necessities, it is essential to consult with an SSDI attorney.
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