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Senility and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

What is Senility?

Senility is a term that some people still use for dementia. Senility is the progressive decline in cognitive function that comes about because of damage or disease in the brain that is more than what would be expected with normal aging. Cognitive function is what refers to how a person is able to comprehend and interpret things. Senility may take place at any stage of adulthood. However, it is a term that is primarily used in reference to people who are over the age of 65. In reference to senility, the knowing or cognitive parts of the brain that may be affected include memory, language, problem solving and attention. Most of the time, in the later stages of senility, a person may become disoriented in time (they do not know what day of the week, month or year it is). A person may also be disoriented in person and place (they do not know who they are or where they are). Senility is a significant problem in the United States. It has been estimated that about 5% of all the people who are the age of 65 are afflicted with senility. For every 5 years past the age of 65, the frequency of senility doubles. So that, for people who are between the ages of 85 and 90, estimates are that as many as 50% are afflicted with senility.  You may qualify for social security disability benefits such as SSDI or SSI if you have signs of senility.  It is a wise choice to contact one of our experienced social security attorneys to explore your disability benefits options further. Tragically, the problem of senility is quickly increasing rather than decreasing. About 50 to 70% of those who have senility are believed to have Alzheimer’s disease, which is a form of senility. It is estimated that 4.5 million adults currently suffer from this disease. By 2030, that number is projected to double or triple.

Signs and Symptoms of Senility

The signs and symptoms that are produced by senility may vary widely, depending on the individual and the underlying cause of the disorder. These signs and symptoms may be subtle or obvious, and they may be unrecognized for a long period of time. The first sign or symptom of senility is usually short-term memory loss. Other signs and symptoms of early senility include: ?  Becoming disoriented or confused in surroundings that are not familiar ?  Changes in personality ?  Behavior that is not characteristic ?  Displaying poor judgment ?  Losing things ?  Having mood swings ?  Having problems finding the right word ?  Having problems doing familiar tasks ?  Forgetting appointments and names.

Intermediate Senility

Signs and symptoms of intermediate senility are: ?  The signs and symptoms of early senility becoming worse ?  An inability to learn new information ?  Sleep that is disrupted ?  A greater risk of accidents and falls due to confusion and poor judgment ?  Moods that are not normal ?  Inattention, poor concentration ?  Hallucinations.

Later Stages of Senility

Signs and symptoms of senility in its later stages include: ?  Complications, such as aspiration, malnutrition, dehydration and seizures ?  A complete dependence on others for daily living activities ?  A complete loss of both short-term and long-term memory ?  An inability to walk or move from place to place without being assisted ?  A worsening of the signs and symptoms that have been seen in early and intermediate senility.  
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