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How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Will your age affect whether or not you will be approved for disability benefits?



 
Some people make the assumption that a younger individual cannot get approved for disability benefits. However, this is clearly not the case. For one thing, the medical-vocational grid used by the social security administration has no built-in bias for younger individuals and, secondly, younger individuals and even children get approved for disability benefits quite frequently.

The rules, however, do tend to give advantages to older individuals. For example, under the current rules, an individual who is 55 years old and has a history of medium work (the chief characteristics of medium work are the ability to lift 50 lbs occasionally and 25 lbs frequently) would be awarded Social Security Disability or SSI disability benefits provided that a review of their medical evidence indicated they were only capable of light work (20 lbs occasionally and 10 lbs frequently).



Under the current system, the vocational rationale is that, for an older individual, the opportunity for participating in the national economy may be significantly diminished.

Will your age affect whether or not you can be approved for disability benefits? If you are younger it will not directly inhibit your chance for approval. However, if you are an older individual, your age may be a factor that helps you win benefits.

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These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

My Social Security Disability SSI appeal status
Disability back pay, how it works
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Qualifying requirements for disability
Decision on disability case, are you eligible for a disability award
When is a Person Considered Disabled by Social Security?
Forms to appeal a Social Security Disability denial
Permanent disability benefits
How to qualify for disability with depression
If Social Security sends you to a psychiatrist
Disability denied twice
How to claim disability
How many times will Social Security deny you?
Applying for Disability with high blood pressure
Will my children get benefits if I get approved for disability?
How much time for a decision on a disability claim?
Can you work if you get an SSI disability check?
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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.