Dementia and Social Security Disability Benefits

Dementia is characterized by a gradual deterioration in daily functioning, including those relating to a person’s memory, language skills, judgment, and personality. Several medical conditions may cause dementia. Alzheimer’s disease, head trauma, and stroke are some of the most common conditions that can lead to dementia. While dementia is more common in the elderly, the onset of dementia symptoms can happen at any age. Your doctor can perform a neuropsychological assessment to assess whether you have dementia.

You may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments if your dementia symptoms prevent you from working for more than a year. Disability listing 12.02, neurocognitive conditions, describes the eligibility criteria for dementia. To fulfill these requirements, you will need to provide medical proof that documents that your abilities have deteriorated substantially in one or more of the following areas:

  • 1. Judgment and planning
  • 2. Ability to use words properly
  • 3. Applying proper social behaviors in different circumstances
  • 4. Remembering and learning
  • 5. Physical coordination
  • 6. Managing and adapting yourself
  • 7. Interaction with others

The Social Security Administration (SSA) can also evaluate your residual functional capacity (RFC) based on the documentation you have provided if your mental illness does not satisfy an impairment listing. Your RFC is the physical and emotional limit of what you can perform during a 40-hour workweek. 

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