The Denver Post (10/22, Draper) reported on the impact Alzheimer’s disease has on families and workplaces nationwide and in Colorado, focusing in particular on the special needs of people with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Patients with the early-onset form of the disease are often younger adults with families and careers, and such a diagnosis can be devastating to finances and careers.
Four years ago, the Social Security Administration made it easier and faster for people with early-onset Alzheimer’s to get disability benefits by adding the disease to its “Compassionate Allowance” list. People with early-onset Alzheimer’s also have some protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act. An estimated 200,000 Americans under the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s.
— “Colorado lives, workplaces increasingly robbed by Alzheimer’s disease,” Electa Draper, The Denver Post, October 22, 2014.