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Alzheimer's Foundation of America Applauds Social Security for Speeding Disability Benefits for Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease
Date:2/11/2010

ase, to its list of Compassionate Allowances—a  way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that clearly qualify for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability benefits. It allows the agency to electronically target and make speedy decisions for the most obviously disabled individuals. Electronic identification of the additional conditions begins March 1.

Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue said the expansion means that "tens of thousands of Americans with devastating disabilities will now get approved for benefits in a matter of days rather than months and years."

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is a nonprofit organization based in New York City that focuses on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and their families, and unites 1,200 member organizations nationwide that provide hands-on programs. AFA's services include a toll-free hot line with counseling by licensed social workers, a free caregiver magazine, a National Memory Screening Day initiative and the AFA Quilt to Remember.  For information, call 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.                                      

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