In February the Social Security Administration added early-onset Alzheimer's disease (and 37 other disabling medical conditions) to its list of conditions which qualify for compassionate allowance. Compassionate allowances are made for medical conditions so serious that they obviously meed the Social Security disability standard.
Applicants for social security disability are often denied benefits on the initial application and thereafter win on appeal. Time, however, is the enemy of the early-onset Alzheimer's patient. He or she needs help immediately. With this change in Social Security policy, those with early-onset Alzheimer's will be able to get Social Security disability support in a timely manner.