Filing to receive Supplemental Security Income can present a number of challenges. Many individuals in Pennsylvania wonder if their illness or condition is actually covered by the benefits programs offered by the Social Security Administration. Most realize that physical disabilities are covered, but some are not aware that a wide gamut of mental conditions are covered under SSI benefits.
Early onset Alzheimer’s disease, which is a type of dementia that can be debilitating for victims, is a mental illness that targets over 250,000 individuals in America before they reach retirement age. Further, those with Alzheimer’s are known to typically live fewer than 10 years after being diagnosed with the illness. In fact, it is the sixth most common cause of death across the nation.
Although Alzheimer’s is considered to be an illness that the elderly often suffer from, it is possible for a person to be diagnosed with dementia prior to reaching their mid-60s. This type of illness will cause a person to forget his or her life, loved ones and all of the things that have been important to that individual. Unfortunately, there is no cure at this time.
Applying for and potentially receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits can truly help an individual and their family during these hard times. However, it is important that Pennsylvania residents understand that the law and process related to SSI benefits can be complicated, which means a person may need assistance when applying. As an individual pursues benefits from the Social Security Administration, he or she might do well to determine the best course of action in applying for benefits while ensuring that all documentation has been gathered, such as income information, brain scans, blood work and other medical records.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, Future in turmoil after diagnosis of onset Alzheimer’s Republican American, Anita Creamer, March 20, 2014