Help for low income early onset Alzheimer’s patients
If you know someone with limited income who has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s (typically, early onset begins under the age of 65) there’s some good news today. In the past, such patients have been repeatedly denied Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). When they have appealed, it has sometimes taken years for the administration to acknowledge that yes, this is a disease that interferes with one’s ability to work and earn a living. But the Social Security Administration has just added early onset Alzheimer’s to its Compassionate Allowance Initiative. What this means is that if you or a loved one have early onset Alzheimer’s, you may be able to expedite access to SSI or SSDI.
The Alzheimer’s Association played a large role in advocating for this change. Hopefully, we aren’t far behind on getting other agencies to recognize that this is not a memory disease. It is physiological, like cancer or diabetes or high blood pressure. Those of us who are afflicted with it will one day lose our ability to not only recognize loved ones, but to walk, swallow, breathe — all the things, in short, that keep us alive. (Alzheimer’s, by the way, is the 6th leading cause in this country now.)
Click on the link below to read about the Social Security Administration’s announcement and the application process: