Last month Commissioner Astrue announced that early-onset Alzheimer’s disease will now be part of the 50+ medical conditions that automatically qualify the SSD applicant for quicker claim processing. The SSA Commissioner noted: “Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is a rapidly progressive and debilitating disease of the brain that affects individuals between the ages of 50 and 65 and clearly deserves our consideration.” Individuals applying for benefits will get a quicker response from the SSA –perhaps in weeks rather than the typical months or even years — and that is certainly a bright spot.

This article was written by Todd P. Oxner