Alzheimer’s Disease is a terrifying diagnosis. As a Fairfax disability lawyer, I’ve worked with many Virginia residents who’ve heard those words from their doctor and wonder what life with this illness will look like.
Alzheimer’s Disease is a neurological disease that results in progressive cognitive decline. Often, people begin suspecting it in themselves or in their loved ones when the person begins experiencing short-term memory loss. Unfortunately, symptoms can progress to where the person no longer recognizes people or places and has trouble with normal daily activities. In the late stages of the disease, sufferers may lose the ability to walk and feed themselves.
Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) may be available for people with Alzheimer’s disease, even in the early stages. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has even added early onset/younger onset Alzheimer’s to the list of conditions under the Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative which allows the fast tracking of claims for benefits.
In general, however, when applying for benefits, the claimant must prove that they have one of the following:
- Disorientation as to time or place
- Inability to remember either new information or past events
- Disturbances in mood or changes in personality
The above symptoms must result in problems severe enough to include at least two of the following:
- Inability to generate effective coping mechanisms in response to stress
- No longer gets along with others
- Can no longer focus or complete tasks
- Inability to complete the tasks of daily living (personal hygiene, cooking, etc.)
If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, we are ready to help you work with the Social Security Administration to obtain the benefits that you deserve. Call the law firm of Sheri R. Abrams today at 571-328-5795 and we’ll get started right away.