Mixed Dementias 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? Mixed dementias is a disabling condition on the Compassionate Allowance List, which qualifies an individual for an expedited approval process.
What is Mixed Dementias?
Mixed dementias is the term used to describe a condition that comprises two or more disorders, where at least one of which is considered a type of dementia. The most common form of mixed dementias presents with characteristics of both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. While there are a number of factors believed to contribute to mixed dementias, compromised blood flow to the brain and an abnormal accumulation of proteins (plaque) in the brain are the primary co-culprits. When blood cannot properly circulate through the brain, nerve cells die off; as a result, an individual’s cognitive and motor functions deteriorate. There is no cure for mixed dementias, but a combination of therapies can treat many of the symptoms effectively.
Mixed Dementias Symptoms
Some of the symptoms of mixed dementias include:
- Problems with thinking, reasoning, concentration, and communication
- Decreased productivity at work and at home
- Depression and anxiety
- Changes in behavior, mood, and personality
- Poor judgment
- Social withdrawal
- Memory loss
- Periods of acute confusion
- Visual mistakes and misperceptions
- Problems with balance and walking
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 Mixed Dementias
Mixed dementias automatically qualifies you for social security disability benefits under the Social Security Administration’s guidelines. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mixed dementias, 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 mixed dementias, contact an experienced social security disability lawyer today. Please call us at 1-800-882-5500 or fill out a free consultation form or a free evaluation of your social security disability case.