There are an estimated 5.4 million people in the United States suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease financially, emotionally, and physically affects not only the person afflicted, but also those family and friends who are caring for them. Fortunately, those suffering with Alzheimer’s may be eligible for SSD assistance. As a Tallahassee disability attorney and also on a personal level, I have become very familiar with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Among millions of Americans who have suffered with Alzheimer’s is former President Ronald Reagan. President Reagan was a conservative icon and ranked highly in the public opinion polls of U.S. Presidents. In 1994, President Reagan disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease earlier that year. There is some speculation that he might have had early signs of Alzheimer’s while still in office.

Professionals characterize early-onset Alzheimer’s disease as occurring before the age of 65. About 5% of all Alzheimer’s afflicted individuals have early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. In 2010, the Social Security Administration included Early-Onset Alzheimer’s as one of the diseases/conditions listed on the “Compassionate Allowances List”. The Compassionate Allowances List is a fast track application system that allows people with severe medical conditions to have their applications expedited. The application process usually takes months, but with the compassionate allowances program, those with severe medical conditions can have their application processed in a matter of days.  A disability attorney can assist you with submitting a compassionate allowance request.

If you need a Tallahassee disability attorney to help you help a loved one with their SSD for early-onset Alzheimer’s, please contact the Tallahassee Disability law firm of Matt Liebenhaut.