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Alzheimer's Association Applauds Social Security Administration for Adding Early-Onset Alzheimer's to Its Compassionate Allowances Initiative
Date:2/11/2010

nate Allowances website: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances/statements.htm

The Social Security Administration's proactive efforts to "fast track" certain conditions will help to reduce the backlog of disability claims and, more importantly, ensure those claims that fall under this initiative will be decided within days instead of months or years.  

"The diagnosis of Alzheimer's indicates significant enough cognitive impairment to interfere with daily living activities, including the ability to work. This decision will help a significant number of Alzheimer families. It will also help the Social Security Administration, since long delays and appeals in the disability determination process are costly for the agency," says Johns. "The Alzheimer's Association praises SSA for this decision and remains committed to continue to work with Commissioner Astrue and his colleagues at the Social Security Administration in support of its implementation nationwide."

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The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit www.alz.org .

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