“image

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

Is it easier to get disability if you are over fifty?



 
Under the current rules for Social Security Disability and SSI disability, it can be easier to get disability benefits if you are over fifty because the medical-vocational rules used to guide disability determinations are more favorable.

How are the rules more favorable? They take into account the fact that, at certain ages, an individual will have more difficulty transitioning to other types of work. With this recognition in mind, an older claimant with a particular profile (age, education, past work demands, and current functional restrictions) may be able to win disability benefits, whereas a younger individual with a similar profile may not.

For example, a person who is 55 and whose past relevant work is medium (the exertional limits for medium are the ability to lift fifty pounds occasionally and twenty-five pounds frequently) may be approved for disability benefits if the social security administration determines they are only capable of performing light work (light work is the ability to lift twenty pounds occasionally and ten pounds frequently). This would not be the case for a younger individual.

If you are over the age of fifty, when should you file for disability benefits from the social security administration? As soon as your condition prevents you from being able to work and earn a substantially gainful income.

Related:

How does age affect a disability case?
Does Education or Age Matter for Social Security Disability or SSI?








Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state



Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?



New and featured pages on SSDRC.com

Who can help me file for disability?




Related pages:

Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
Get an experienced disability lawyer
Should you do an SSD appeal online?
Social Security Disability fraud
Preparation to win a disability hearing
How Does Social Security Decide If You Are Disabled
When to apply for SSI
Should I get a lawyer after being denied at a hearing?
Proving you are disabled for Social Security Disability SSI
How to file for disability in Mississippi
Filing for disability with TBI, traumatic brain injury
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
How to file for disability in Indiana
Denied Twice For SSD or SSI Disability, What Do I Do?
Personality Disorder and Filing for Disability



These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How and why to check Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability back pay
Non medical requirements for disability
Qualifying for disability, SSD SSI
When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
Who qualifies for SSI?
Forms to complete when filing, applying for disability
How long does SSDI and SSI disability take to get?
Filing for disability with Depression
Can You Get Approved For SSI or SSD Benefits with a Mental Condition
How long for a disability judge to make a decision?
While you are in your disability interview
The SSD and SSI definition of disability
Filing for disability with carpal tunnel syndrome
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Can you work if you get a disability check?
Disability application denied
File for disability, the application
How to get disability benefits
Conditions that get approved for disability
How to Appeal a disability claim denial from Social Security








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.