When people are unable to work because of an illness or injury, Social Security disability benefits can be a lifesaver. These benefits can give people the financial support that they need to live their lives. Without this income, people may have a hard time paying for their housing, food and other necessities. However, in order to qualify for SSDI and other disability benefits, certain requirements must be met.
In determining eligibility for disability benefits, the Social Security Administration considers a variety of factors, including whether or not the applicant is able to work in any substantial and meaningful way. Additionally, as this blog has discussed in the past, a person’s work experience is taken into account.
As the Social Security Administration considers all these facts, they can also look at a person’s age. A person’s age is one of the factors that can help the SSA determine if a person is physically capable of adjusting to a work environment. In general, age will only be a serious factor if the person is over the age of 50. For people younger than 50, the SSA does not consider age to be a significant factor.
However, there is a small exception for people between the ages of 45 and 49. In these cases, the SSA recognizes that age may limit some individuals. For people between 50 and 54 years old, the SSA recognizes that a person’s age can be a factor in limiting the person’s ability to work. For these individuals, the SSA considers age to “seriously affect” the person’s ability to work.
For those people aged 55 and older, the SSA will consider a person’s age as limiting. In these cases, the SSA believes that the person’s age will “significantly” affect the person’s ability to adjust to a workplace.
Age is just one of many factors that can go into making a disability benefits decision. While this post cannot give people specific advice about all those factors, an attorney can. People seeking disability benefits, therefore, should strongly consider consulting with an attorney who is knowledgeable in this field.