It’s no secret that older people in Oregon and around the world have issues with their memory as they get older. Not everyone realizes the extent of these memory issues, however. Studies that were presented at a conference on Alzheimer’s showed that older people who realize that they are experiencing memory lapses may be more likely to then suffer from Alzheimer’s in the coming years.
Of course, it isn’t just the oldest of Americans who can exhibit signs of Alzheimer’s. Many people in their 50s and even younger have been known to have the disease, which is frequently characterized as early-onset Alzheimer’s. Depending on the severity of the condition, this could prevent people from working when most of their same-age peers are still able to hold full-time jobs. This could mean someone is eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits or, if over age 50, Supplemental Security Income, or SSI.
Having memory problems does not mean that someone is going to develop Alzheimer’s, of course. However, the studies preliminarily found that many of those people had a higher level of a type of brain protein that can build up and cause plaque in the brain — leading to symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
The process for applying for and receiving these benefits can be complicated. Extensive documentation may be needed for a claim to be approved. For this reason, it may be advisable for someone in this situation — or their families — to consult with an attorney with experience in SSDI and SSI cases.
Source: CBS News, “Patients’ self-reported memory slips may be early signs of Alzheimer’s,” Ryan Jaslow, July 18, 2013