Did you know that individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease are not currently eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits? Those diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, however, are able to receive benefits as the disease was recently added to the agency's list of Compassionate Allowances. This shift in how the government views the disease demonstrates the increasing concern over where Alzheimer's and dementia are headed.
Social Security benefit applicants in New York City's borough of Queens knew there was a gauntlet to be run if they wanted to get their payments. Five administrative law judges who hear appeals there were notorious for their treatment of disabled people seeking government assistance. The five demeaned and belittled applicants, questioning them so harshly that some were moved to tears. Now, thanks to a class action lawsuit, those denied applicants could get a second chance in court with a more impartial judge.
It's no secret that war is expensive; reports on the astronomical costs of tanks, bombs and jets are fairly common in the media. But what is often not reported is the amounts owed to our country's disabled veterans. As our soldiers return from the Middle East, often after several tours of duty, many apply for disability benefits. The surge in disability applications has caused veteran disability costs to more than double in the past twelve years.
Gulf War Illness, or GWI, has always been a somewhat controversial topic in the medical community. It came to public attention shortly after the first Gulf War, when large numbers of former service men and women began to exhibit a wide range of bewildering symptoms. These symptoms included fatigue, muscle pain and impaired cognition, and they varied widely in severity.
Many people are familiar with the requirements for qualifying for Social Security disability benefits, but may not know that there are additional requirements to keep them. In the holiday season, many families exchange gifts, some of which may be rather expensive. However, the amount of property a beneficiary has can cause them to lose their benefits.
In some quarters, the perception is that people on long-term disability lie around the house doing nothing while collecting benefits. In fact, many sufferers want to get back into action and reclaim their lives, and a new self-help program might let them do just that. First things first - this is not a pill or a quick-and-easy cure. It takes time, hard work, and a certain amount of gritty determination. A company called Webility developed Maze-Masters and, by the way, it has nothing to do with finding the way through a series of alleys and dead-ends. The name refers to those lost in the maze of workers compensation and Social Security Disability systems, looking for a way out.