Most people still think of dementia conditions like Alzheimer’s disease as something that only affects elderly people. However, as researchers learn more about dementia and doctors have increasingly effective tools with which to diagnose it, more people are being diagnosed long before they hit retirement age.
In fact, what’s known as early-onset Alzheimer’s affects people in their 40s and 50s – and, although rarely, even younger. Those with this condition are often already experiencing a noticeable cognitive decline. Since it’s a progressive condition, that decline is only going to continue. While progress has been made in slowing that decline, so far, there’s no “cure” for any form of Alzheimer’s disease.
How SSDI’s Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative can help
If someone has reached the point in their cognitive decline, whether due to early-onset Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia where they’re no longer able to earn a living that can support them, they can seek Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. SSDI’s CAL initiative lets people who have serious and irreversible conditions get faster approval of their applications.
Among the dementia conditions, in addition to early-onset Alzheimer’s, covered under the CAL initiative are:
- Primary progressive aphasia (PPA)
- Frontotemporal dementia (FTD)
- Adult-onset Huntington disease
- Lewy body dementia
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)
- Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP)
Even with expedited approval, it’s all too easy for approval of your SSDI application to be delayed or an application to be denied due to avoidable errors and omissions. By having experienced legal guidance, you can help ensure that you or your loved one gets the necessary benefits as efficiently as possible.