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Facts about Memory Loss and Filing for Disability


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1) Memory loss can be as simple as forgetfulness due to the natural aging process, or it can be sudden and severe due to brain damage or trauma. It can be temporary or permanent, partial or complete, sudden or gradual, and can be classified as short-term, immediate, or long-term.

2) Memory loss is part of the natural aging process, can be genetic, and can also be due to low blood sugar, depression, nutritional deficiencies, stress, emotional trauma, free radical damage, exposure to toxins, brain damage, inflammation in the brain, brain structure abnormalities, oxygen deprivation, central nervous system infections, and seizures.

3) Short-term memory loss means that the patient may not remember events that happened a few seconds or minutes ago. While those with short-term have a hard time remembering the last minute or two, they can usually remember things that happened years ago, and are quite good at remembering things from their childhood.

4) Long-term memory loss is marked by not being able to remember things that happened weeks, months, or years ago. Those with long-term memory loss can still retain a great deal from current memories and are less likely to forget where they put their keys or why they came into a room, as opposed to those with short-term memory loss.

5) Many women experience a noteworthy decrease in the strength of their memory after menopause due to low estrogen levels.

6) One of the most common age-related form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and fatal.

7) Mini-Mental Status Examination (MMSE) is a very common test given to test for memory loss. Other tests are used to find the cause of memory loss, these can include electroencephalography (EEG), blood tests, cerebrospinal fluid tests, neuroimaging, cognitive tests, and tissue analysis. These tests can be used to rule out other diseases as well.


Can you qualify for disability benefits with this condition?

Whether or not you qualify for disability and, as a result, are approved for disability benefits will depend entirely on the information obtained from your medical records. This includes whatever statements may have been obtained from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is, therefore, qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).

It will also depend on the information obtained from your vocational, or work, history if you are an adult, or academic records if you are a minor-age child. The important thing to keep in mind is that the social security administration does not award benefits based on simply having a condition, but, instead, will base an approval or denial on the extent to which a condition causes functional limitations. Functional limitations can be great enough to make work activity not possible (or, for a child, make it impossible to engage in age-appropriate activities).

Why are so many disability cases lost at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels?

Speaking as a former Disability Claims Examiner, I can state that there are several reasons:

1) Social Security makes no attempt to obtain a statement from a claimant's treating physician. By contrast, at the hearing level, a claimant and his or her disability attorney will generally obtain and present this type of statement to a judge;

2) Prior to the hearing level, a claimant will not have the opportunity to explain how their condition limits them, nor will their attorney or representative have the opportunity to make a presentation based on the evidence of the case. At the hearing level, of course, this is exactly what happens. And a number of disability representatives will also take such steps even earlier, at the reconsideration appeal level;

3) Disability judges, unlike disability examiners who decides cases at the first two levels of the system, can make independent decisions without being overturned by immediate supervisors--which happens frequently.















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