If you've investigated our site to any degree then you know that we like to provide residents all across New Jersey with information that they can use to better their chances of getting disability benefits. One way we like to do this is by pointing out disabling conditions that might qualify a person for benefits. In today's post, we're going to look at early-onset Alzheimer's and your right to benefits if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with this disease.
As we explained in one of our articles, early-onset Alzheimer's is a neurological condition that interferes with a number of brain functions including: socialization, visual spacial skills, personality, and memory -- just to name a few. The problem with this degenerative disease is the fact that it can occur in people as young as 40 and can persist through the remainder of that person's life.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, of the 5 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer's disease, 5 percent have the early onset version of this condition. This equates to approximately 200,000 individuals in the United States with this condition.
While this might seem like a small portion of the population, for those living with this condition, the need for financial assistance is high. That's because early-onset Alzheimer's can cause confusion and difficulty communicating, which can interfere with a person's ability to work. An individual with this condition may need to leave the workforce long before they reach retirement age, leaving them in a precarious financial situation.
Thankfully, early-onset Alzheimer's is a Compassionate Allowance, meaning it already meets the Administration's definition of a disability. This means that an application that lists this condition is immediately pushed through to the next stage of the decision process. This is helpful to applicants because meeting the Administration's definition of a disability can be an incredibly long process and is one of the reasons for hold ups in the application process.
Sources: The Alzheimer's Association, "Younger/Early Onset Alzheimer's and Dementia," Accessed May 13, 2015
The Alzheimer's Association, "Social Security Disability," Accessed May 13, 2015