Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability Lawyer
Typically, applying for and receiving social security disability benefits can take many months. But what if your disabling condition is so severe that you cannot wait? Early-‐onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Early‐Onset AD?
Early-‐onset AD describes cases of AD in patients younger than 65. Only about 5% of AD cases are early-‐ onset and usually occur in individuals in their 40s and 50s. AD is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that destroys the hippocampus (the area of the brain tied to memory) and the cerebral cortex (the part of the brain tied to decision making and thought processes). Those diagnosed with early-‐onset AD often have a family history of early-‐onset AD, and three genes have been identified as culprits in familial cases of early-‐onset AD. Early-‐onset symptoms mirror the symptoms of later-‐onset AD, though little is known about what causes the disease in its non-‐heritable form. There is no cure for AD.
Some of the symptoms of AD include:
- Personality changes
- Difficulty executing common tasks
- Poor judgment
- Difficulty following directions
- Social withdrawal
- Speech and communication difficulties
If you or a loved one is experiencing these symptoms, it is important to talk with a doctor immediately.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits and Early‐Onset AD
Early-onset AD automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with early-onset AD, then you are considered disabled for at least 24 months from the date of diagnosis.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with early-onset AD, contact an experienced social security disability lawyer today. Please call us at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a free consultation form for a free evaluation of your social security disability case.