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Binswanger's Disease and Receiving Social Security Disability

The term dementia describes a medical condition that is caused by changes in the normal activity of very sensitive brain cells. These changes in the way the brain works can affect memory, speech and the ability to carry out daily activities.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in older people. The second most common cause of dementia in older adults is vascular dementia. This type of dementia affects the blood vessels in the brain. Multi-infarct dementia is the most common form of vascular dementia. It accounts for 10-20% of all the cases of progressive, or gradually worsening, dementia. It usually affects people between the ages of 60-75. Multi-infarct dementia is more likely to occur in men than women.

Binswanger’s disease is named after Otto Binswanger. It is also called subcortical leukoencephalopathy. In 1894, he described a new clinical and neuropathological picture that he termed "encephalitis subcorticalis chronica progressiva,".  It is this disease that is named after him, Binswanger’s disease. This disease is a rare form of multi-infarct/vascular dementia.

Some of the ways that Binswanger’s disease may affect your loved one is by causing cerebrovascular lesions in the deep white-matter of their brain, loss of memory and cognition and mood changes. Your loved one will usually show signs of abnormal blood pressure, blood abnormalities, stroke, disease of the heart valves and disease of the large blood vessels in the neck.

There are other ways in which Binswanger’s disease may affect your loved one. Some of these include:

These signs and symptoms usually begin after the age of 60. They are not always present in all the people with Binswanger’s disease, and may sometimes appear only as a passing phase.

If this describes a parent or loved one, you may have applied for financial help on their behalf from the Social Security Administration for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by Binswanger’s disease. Was your parent or loved one denied by the Social Security Administration? If so, you may be trying to decide what to do next? What options do you have? One thing that you can do is to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration. If this is what you decide to do on behalf of your parent or loved one, consider this. Your parent or loved one will need the representation of a smart disability lawyer like the one you will find at in this procedure. The reason for this is because people who have a skilled disability attorney are approved more often than those people who do not have a lawyer.