If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease you should file for Social Security Disability
Alzheimer’s disease: for those who receive this diagnosis, lives will change forever. As defined by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, this silent foe robs those inflicted by attacking the brain’s nerve cells and/or neurons. Common symptoms of this progressive and degenerative disease are memory loss, decrease of thought patterns, difficulty with language skills, confusion and overall behavioral changes.
Alzheimer’s disease, or AD, is listed among the top 10 leading causes of death nationwide.
Generally those afflicted will typically struggle with progressive symptoms for up to 20 years.
There is aggressive research and clinical trials to determine the cause and possibly cure this vengeful disease.
For the 340,000 Texans fighting their own personal battle with AD, there is a strong support system.
In 1987, the Alzheimer’s Disease Program was established by legislative mandate.
It provides support and information to patients, their families and long-term care givers. It was also established to heighten awareness and address the burdens of living with the disease for all those involved. The program, hosted by both the Texas Council on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and the dedicated volunteers of the Texas Alzheimer’s Disease Partnership share these common goals.
- Support AD research;
- Improve cognitive health for patients;
- Enhance quality of life through better AD management;
- Increase level of access to information and services for the caregivers; and
- Improve state and local capacity to address AD.
There is guarded hope for finding a cure as states such as Texas join together to rage battle against this cruel disease through research and assistance programs.
The availability of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can also assist those afflicted by providing SSDI as employment options dwindle quite rapidly.
Contact a Social Security disability attorney at 512-454-4000 for a free consultation and get help filing for disability benefits while suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
During the early onset period of AD it is advisable to contact an experienced Social Security Disability attorney in your area to ensure all financial needs are addressed.
Fortunately, AD is identified as one of the 88 approved conditions that is provided consideration under the Social Security Administration’s Compassionate Allowances (CAL) directive. Through this accelerated process CAL provides for quickly identifying various diseases and streamlines the application process, thus providing afflicted patients with the financial assistance they desperately need. Currently, CAL covers:
- Rare medical conditions
- Various cancers
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Early onset AD
- Cardiovascular disease
- Organ transplant recipients
- Autoimmune diseases
Unfortunately, even with Compassionate Allowances guidelines, compiling all relevant data and making application for SSDI can become cumbersome.
Advancements have been made with research, state legislation and the acceptance of AD into the SSA’s CAL. For the estimated 5.4 million Americans living with this relentless disease time is of the essence.