Social Security Disability and SSI Questions and Answers
What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
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Social Security Disability Status
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Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
How Old Do You Have To Be For Social Security Disability - Is There An Age Requirement?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
Social Security disability has no disabled child’s benefits (minor age children with disabilities file under the SSI program, not the SSD program). The minimum age for Social Security disability benefits is eighteen years old provided the eighteen year old has worked long enough to be insured for Social Security disability. Or, an adult child may be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits based upon a deceased or living parent’s earnings record.
If their parent is living, they must be entitled to a Social Security retirement or disability benefit for their child (i.e. child, adopted child, or possibly step child, grandchild, or step grandchild) to receive benefits. An adult disabled child must be disabled prior to the age of twenty-two and unmarried.
There is one other situation that has a minimum age requirement. If an individual is filing for disabled widow or widower’s benefits, they must be at least fifty years of age to be eligible to receive benefits.
These are the situations that have a minimum age requirement in order to receive Social Security disability benefits. There are a couple of other situations that involve a "maximum age requirement". Disabled widow or widower’s must be disabled prior to the age of sixty to be eligible for disability benefits based on their deceased spouse’s earnings record. If a widow or widower was not disabled prior to the age of sixty, they are still eligible to receive standard widow or widower’s benefits.
If an individual is within six months of full retirement age, there is no advantage to filing for disability. At this age, they are already entitled to Medicare benefits and the five-month disability waiting period prevents an advantage over full retirement benefits. In fact, all Social Security disability beneficiaries are converted to full retirement beneficiaries at their full retirement age.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions