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Can You Get SSDI For Early-Onset Dementia?

Facing a diagnosis of early-onset dementia is painful for you and your loved ones. From work to relationships, your life will significantly transform as time goes on. As you navigate through this period, one question you might have  is whether disability benefits are available for your medical condition. Understanding how the Social Security Administration (SSA) views and evaluates dementia will help you secure the financial assistance you deserve.

What Exactly Is Early-Onset Dementia?

Early onset dementia refers to dementia that happens before the age of 65. It’s a general term that includes medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease or frontotemporal dementia, which lead to a decline in cognitive abilities. These conditions can impact your daily life, affecting memory, reasoning, and communication skills. Unlike typical memory loss that comes with advanced age, early-onset dementia can progress quickly. For this reason, comprehensive care and support are a must.

Is Early-Onset Dementia A Common Disorder?

While most dementia cases happen among adults over 65, early-onset dementia isn’t uncommon. In fact, up to 6% of those with Alzheimer’s disease may receive their diagnosis between 30 and 60 years old. Besides the usual medical complications, early-onset dementia can strike during an individual’s prime working years. As the disease progresses, it will eventually be difficult for someone to maintain employment and stay financially afloat.

How Is This Type Of Dementia Evaluated?

The SSA has specific criteria to evaluate early-onset dementia for SSDI benefits. The condition must significantly impair cognitive functions, social interactions, concentrating on tasks, or adapting to changes. The SSA often requires detailed medical documentation, such as neurocognitive testing, to assess the condition’s severity. For instance, a medical report documenting a severe memory impairment or a sharp decline in problem-solving abilities would be solid evidence.

Steps To Receiving Disability Benefits

Applying for SSDI benefits for early-onset dementia involves a few crucial steps:

  • Submit Medical Documentation: Gather all relevant medical records to show that your dementia prevents you from working. This evidence includes diagnosis, treatment plans, and cognitive test results.
  • File the Claim: You can file the SSDI claim online or at a local SSA office. Be thorough in your application and include information showing how dementia impacts your daily life and work.
  • Go Through The Claims Process: After submission, the SSA reviews the claim, which might involve further medical examinations or interviews.
  • Appeal If Necessary: Don’t give up if your initial claim is denied the first time. Many valid claims are initially rejected and need to file an appeal for a successful outcome.

Get In Touch With Our Disability Attorneys

Navigating the SSDI application process can be a lot to handle, especially when dealing with a condition like early-onset dementia. But our team of experienced New York social security disability lawyers is here to help you navigate the process. We understand the intricacies of SSDI claims and are committed to helping you secure the benefits you need. Please contact us online or at 855-905-4452 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys today.

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