Dementia affects many people in different ways. Some people experience dementia themselves, while others watch their loved ones develop it. During these difficult times, you may wonder if you or your loved one qualifies for social security disability payments when it becomes difficult to work.
We understand the challenges that you may encounter when dealing with dementia and we have helped many of our clients secure SSDI payments during tough times. Although many people find the process of securing benefits confusing, difficult or discouraging, we can help walk you through the process.
Definition of dementia
Dementia is the loss of reasoning, remembering, and rational thinking. One of the most well-known forms of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Behavioral changes that come along with the disease can disrupt a person’s life and can even be life-threatening. While it is difficult to live with dementia, it can be even more difficult to watch the people you care about seemingly slipping away as the disease progresses.
Dementia and available benefits
According to Benefits.gov, SSDI is available to workers with dementia that are younger than 65, have dementia that will last for at least a year and are not able to work in any profession or trade. Additionally, those who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease are eligible for SSDI payments as long as they meet the same criteria. The Social Security Administration also offers a Supplemental Security Income Program to help provide monthly benefits for those who are older than 65 and disabled.
If you are over 65 years old, you may also qualify for Medicare, the Federal health insurance program. This program helps to cover the cost of prescription drugs, medical feels, hospital care, and other forms of health care you may need.