What role does age play in your SSDI or SSI claim?
Your age is very important, and can often be the determining factor in you getting approved disability benefits in your SSDI or SSI claim. Age is one of the factors examined by the medical vocational guidelines (see prior posts). The social security administration (SSA) uses age as a factor along with residual functional capacity (RFC), education and work experience. But the claimant's age is one of the more important factors used in your social security disability claim.
The social security administration (SSA) groups claimants into the following categories based on age: claimants under age 45, 45 through 49, 50 through 54, 55 through 59, and 60 through 64. While these are the recognized categories in the medical vocational guidelines, there are always extenuating circumstances that would bump a claimant into the higher age category despite not fitting in the group. For example people who are on the border within days, weeks, or even months can and often do get bumped into the higher age group. Getting placed in a higher age group is more advantageous for the claimant's ability to receive disability benefits.
When the social security administration looks at a claimant's age they look at all the things that come along with getting older. Our eyesight and hearing gets weaker, our joints get stiffer, and our hand-eye coordination gets off, just to list a few! Anything that is associated with advancing age is taken into consideration by the social security administration (SSA). Obviously the more a claimant has deteriorated due to advancing age, the bigger role age will play in determining a claimant's disability.
It is impossible to tell how big a role age will play in the social security administration's decision process. One thing you can bet on; the older you are the more likely you will be found disabled.