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July 2014 Archives

Catching Alzheimer's early allows for better planning

Mental health is something that all of us cherish, and which is so close to our identity as persons. When a loved one begins to show signs of cognitive decline, then, it can be a concerning thing for them and their family. Catching mental decline early is a good thing, because it can help patients and their doctors come up with a plan to delay the onset of the condition.

VA backlog still under investigation

Readers know that facing a long waiting period is not uncommon when going through the Social Security disability application process. Because of a variety of factors, most SSDI claims tale months or more to receive an initial decision, and this can be quite frustrating for disabled Americans needing benefits immediately.

Mental illness keeps many Americans from productive work

Many of our readers know either personally or through a friend or family member that finding a job is difficult for those with mental illness. A new study by the National Alliance for Mental Illness, the number of those with mental illness who are unemployed is up around eighty percent. This is understandable since many of those with mental illnesses cannot work or who do not want to work, but around 60 percent do.

Do I qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

Those who apply for Social Security disability benefits may begin the process not really certain about whether they will qualify, or on what basis they will be evaluated. The Social Security Administration uses multiple factors to determine whether an applicant qualifies for benefits, and it is important to have a basic grasp of these factors before putting together an application.  

Reminder: SSDI is a social insurance program, not welfare

Most readers are aware of the financial problems facing the Social Security Administration with respect to the Social Security disability fund, which is set to be exhausted by the end of 2016 if no action is taken. The problem has been the subject of debate between lawmakers intent on coming up with a solution to salvage the program.