As we've discussed before, the Social Security Administration's disability program is currently facing an uncertain future. That's because agency estimates show that the trust fund from which disability benefits are drawn will likely run out of funds during the latter half of 2016.
While many people would like to think that they will never suffer from depression, statistics would seem to suggest this may not be so fortunate. Indeed, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America has found that as many as 14.8 million adults -- roughly 6.7 percent of the population -- will suffer a major depressive episode in a given year, and that depression is one of the leading causes of disability in the U.S. among those between the ages of 15 to 44. As sobering as these numbers are, consider also that not everyone suffering from depression responds to traditional treatments like antidepressants and/or cognitive behavioral therapy.
Every month, millions of disabled Americans breathe a collective sigh of relief as they either receive a check in the mail or direct deposit into their account from the Social Security Administration that will allow them to pay for the basic necessities.
Last week, our blog discussed how May is Mental Health Month, an annual event held to promote understanding, debunk misconceptions, and fight the stigma faced by millions here in the U.S. and around the world.
We now know more than ever about how to effectively diagnosis and treat mental illness thanks to scientific advancements in such areas as pharmacology, psychiatry and, of course, psychology.
While there has been significant discussion about the number of older Americans leaving the workforce or actively preparing to do so, it's important to understand that there is still a large contingent of older workers who have no immediate plans for retirement.
Aside from the financial peace of mind provided by Social Security disability benefits, those suffering from a serious disability have other mechanisms at their disposal to help make life easier and perhaps even more enjoyable.
In today's post, we'll explore osteoporosis, a frequently debilitating condition that affects millions of Americans, and which will likely continue to pose a major health concern in the coming years thanks to the nation's aging baby boomer population.
It goes without saying that many people find the idea of getting older to be a somewhat frightening proposition. At least part of this fear understandably comes from the reality that with older age comes greater chances of developing some sort of life altering -- or even life-threatening -- medical condition.
Today's post will conclude our ongoing series discussing the options available to those individuals who have seen their disability benefits suddenly and unjustly terminated via an impersonal letter from the Social Security Administration.