The Social Security disability professionals at Disability Associates discuss how early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is included in the Social Security Administration’s list of conditions under the Compassionate Allowance Initiative, and how individuals can receive benefits for the condition.

What is early-onset Alzheimer’s disease?

Early on-set Alzheimer’s disease affects those under the age of 65. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative neurological condition that results in progressive cognitive decline. The first symptom of Alzheimer’s is short-term memory loss, which becomes more prominent as the disease worsens. Eventually Alzheimer’s, as well as early-onset Alzheimer’s, will affect all aspects of an individual’s life—including speech, problem solving, behavior and recognition skills. In extreme and developed cases, an individual may lose the ability to recognize family members, feed oneself and walk or move around without assistance.

How to apply

Individuals affected by early-onset Alzheimer’s may apply for benefits in person at the local SSA office and should call 800.722.1213 to schedule an appointment. Applicants should know that it is not recommended to walk in without an appointment. Alternatively, applicants can call SSA’s toll-free telephone line at 800.772.1213, and if deaf or hard of hearing, can contact SSA at TTY 800.325.0778. Lastly, individuals may apply online via socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability.

Information needed

According to the SSA’s websites, individuals applying for Social Security disability as a result of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease must provide the following:

  • Date and place of birth
  • Social Security number
  • Name, Social Security number and age of current or former spouse
  • Names and dates of birth for any minor children
  • Bank and other financial institution’s Routing Transit Number and account number (for those looking to receive benefits electronically)

Medical Information needed

  • Name, address and phone number of someone to contact who is aware of the applicant’s medical conditions
  • Detailed information regarding the medical illness, injury or condition
    • Names, addresses, phone numbers patient ID numbers, dates of treatment for all doctors, hospitals and clinics
    • Names of current medications, who prescribed such
    • Names and dates of medical tests received and the professional who ordered such

Information About Your Work

  • Money earned last year and the current year
  • The name and address of your employer(s) for applicable years
  • A copy of your Social Security Statement
  • The beginning and ending dates of any active U.S. military service you had before 1968
  • A list of the jobs (up to 5) that you had in the 15 years before you became unable to work and the dates you worked at those jobs
  • Information about any workers’ compensation and/or similar benefits you filed, or intend to file for.

Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is a life-altering condition that is life-altering for those who suffer, and for their loved ones. Treatment options include medication and therapies to improve quality of life and possibly slow the progression of the disease. However, Social Security benefits can offer financial assistance during the most difficult stages of the disease. For more information regarding early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and Social Security disability, contact the experienced Social Security disability attorneys at Disability Associates, LLC today.