Aging and SSD Benefits

Aging is a part of life, one that unfortunately causes physical limitations from the bones and joints to the senses. Although we may not be ready to heed the body’s messages to slow down, age-related conditions like arthritis force us to tailor our lives to become low impact.

Thankfully, the Social Security Disability program offers disability benefits to qualified persons who find themselves unable to work due to the development of chronic pain and other symptoms caused by the aging process. Age-related conditions recognized on the Social Security Administration’s list of SSD impairments include:

If you have experienced serious side effects of aging that are not treatable and are expected to last 12 months or longer, you may be able to receive SSD benefits.

Disabling Effects of Aging

All of the movements we perform take a toll on our bodies. As time goes by, bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and other components weaken and degenerate. Muscles may atrophy from lack of exercise, whereas joints may weaken due to repeated high-impact movements. Bones become fragile and prone to fracture. A decrease in the production of natural joint lubrication causes stiffness, and cartilage breakdown can cause arthritis to develop. Stress exerted on our bodies daily combines with the natural aging process, eventually causing any number of symptoms. Sufferers of aging-related conditions may find that sports or other hobbies they once enjoyed are now painful. For severely affected individuals, even simple movements may cause discomfort.

Hiring an Attorney to Prove Age-Related Disability

Everyone ages, but not everyone suffers serious age-related disability before they hit retirement. The Social Security Administration is highly selective about who they give benefits to, so you want to make sure you are prepared to provide evidence of your disability. Consider hiring a skilled SSD lawyer to handle the entire process, from SSD application to appeals. With an SSD firm on your side, you can improve your chances of receiving SSD benefits and minimize the risk of denials.

If you ‘d like to talk to a disability lawyer about your age-related condition and find out if you are a candidate for SSD, please search our lawyer directory to locate a legal professional near you.