Overview of Disability

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Disability Requirements

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Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

The rules for disability are easier when you are in your 50's

To some extent, the answer to this question is yes. In the U.S., the disability system is currently set up so that older individuals get some consideration for their age. For example, the medical-vocational framework of rules (known as the grid) makes it easier for individuals who are fifty and over to get approved versus individuals who are younger than fifty. The system also gets a little easier at age 55.

The reasoning behind this is very simple and logical: it's harder to transfer one's work experience as you get older. Also--and this is a real-world fact--employers are far less likely to hire someone at these ages mainly due to the cost of health insurance premiums (health insurance is a horrible mess in this country).

So, our system gives consideration for age and being older. Unfortunately, this may change, bumping the 55 age rules up to age 57. What difference would this make? It would mean that many individuals who would have qualified at age 55 would be ineligible until age 57.

How would that affect them? Already, many disability applicants slide into bankruptcy because the social security disability process takes so long (up to 3 years depending on your state of residence). Therefore, a change in rules of this sort would literally be a catastrophe for many disabled individuals who seek disability benefits.


How old do you have to be to get disability?
Social Security Disability, SSI and Being Over the Age of Fifty
Does Education or Age Matter for Social Security Disability or SSI?

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

The Social Security Award Notice
How to file for disability in Delaware
Can you get disability for OCD?
Liver cancer going up
Social Security ticket to work and back pay
Fibromyalgia and a shrinking brain
Can you get disability for Chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia?
Is Chronic Fatigue considered a disability by Social Security?
Can You Get Disability Benefits If You Were Self-Employed?
Developmental Delay and Filing for Disability
Spinal Stenosis and Filing for Disability
Can you be approved for disability without a hearing?
Filing for disability with carpal tunnel syndrome
Filing for disability with Post polio syndrome
Tips for Getting Disability Approved

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

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