While the focus of Alzheimer’s disease has been on older adults, people younger than 65 can also develop early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD). When someone with early-onset AD can no longer work, they should immediately apply for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). Thankfully, early-onset AD qualifies for “Compassionate Allowance” and these disability applications can be processed quicker than others.

Compassionate Allowances are a way for the Social Security Administration to quickly identify diseases and other medical conditions that, by definition, meet Social Security’s standards for disability benefits. These conditions primarily include certain cancers, adult brain disorders, and certain rare disorders that affect children. By identifying compassionate allowances, the Administration can quickly make decisions on applications for both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.

For a complete list of medical conditions which qualify for compassionate allowance go to: https://www.ssa.gov/compassionateallowances/conditions.htm

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with early-onset AD and reside in Arizona, contact our office to schedule a consultation. We have the knowledge and advice you need to chart the best course forward. Whether you just need to be sure your estate planning documents are in order to be sure the right people will be able to assist in medical decision making and financial management should the need later arise, need Guardianship and/or Conservatorship, or wish to preserve assets and qualify for Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) benefits to pay for long term care we can help. Call 480-922-1010 or email us at info@bivenslaw.com to schedule your appointment with one of our elder law attorneys. Proper planning can make all the difference for you and your family.  

-Stephanie A. Bivens, Esq., CELA