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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.

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These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

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When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
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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.