March 15, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Researchers project the rate of Americans suffering from Alzheimer's disease could triple in the next 40 years. The report, released in the journal Neurology, found 14 million Americans could be afflicted by the disease in 2050. The Alzheimer's Association currently estimates five million Americans suffer from this form of dementia.
The report was issued partially as a call to action. Scientists' with the study state research into curing and treating the disease thus far has not been fruitful. Although drugs are present to delay the disease, they are not effective for all patients and often only work for a short period of time. As a result, those suffering from the disease need various forms of aid, ranging from medications for managing symptoms to assistance programs like social security disability
Alzheimer's is a degenerative disease that results in the loss of intellectual and social skills. It is a progressive disease, meaning symptoms worsen as time passes. Symptoms of the disease can be severe enough to inhibit daily life.
Early symptoms of the disease include memory loss, challenges in solving problems and difficulties holding a conversation. Taking note of these initial symptoms can aid in an early diagnosis. An early diagnosis of Alzheimer's can help ensure that the patient receives maximum benefits from available treatments.
Early-onset Alzheimer's disease and SSD
Early-onset Alzheimer's occurs when a person under the age of 65 is diagnosed with the disease. In these cases, social security disability benefits may be available to help cover the cost of daily expenses.
This form of the degenerative brain disease qualifies for compassionate allowances (CAL). CAL is a division within the social security disability
program that is intended to ensure those with especially debilitating diseases receives aid in days rather than waiting months or even years to be approved through the traditional SSD application process.
Alzheimer's disease and SSD
Unfortunately, SSD does not always cover the standard form of Alzheimer's disease. However, those suffering from Alzheimer's may still qualify for assistance under the mental disorders portion of social security disability coverage.
Within the mental disorders category for social security disability coverage there is a subdivision termed organic mental disorders. These disorders are defined by the Social Security Administration
as those "associated with a dysfunction of the brain." Qualification requires the satisfaction of various elements, including:
- Disorientation regarding time and place
- Difficulty completing daily activities
- Difficulty concentrating
Applying for social security disability assistance can be difficult. Contact an experienced social security disability lawyer to discuss your situation and aid you in every step of the application process.
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