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November 2014 Archives

History of Social Security Disability

The media is paying attention to Social Security Disability (SSD) and all the problems, real and imagined, that currently plague this system. SSD was developed give disability benefits to those who paid into the system while working but could no longer work because of illness or injury. Often lost in the noise about the inadequacies of SSD is its history. Discussions about SSD began during the worst years of the Depression in the 1930s, even though it was not actually implemented until 1956.

Indiana Protest Reflects National Social Security Administration Challenges

The Social Security Administration (SSA) plans to close field offices throughout the United States in an effort to streamline processes and reduce costs. In Indiana, SSA workers protested the proposed closures by marching in front of the field office in New Albany that serves seven counties north of Louisville, Kentucky.

SSD and Vision Impairment

Last month was Blindness Awareness Month. When one considers that there are 285 million people with vision impairments and 39 million who are completely blind (10 million in the United States), the importance of marking this month becomes more obvious. Many of these visually impaired people have some vision remaining, but as they age, the ability to see declines markedly.

Social Security Disability and Congenital Heart Defects

There is a lot of information available to help people prevent heart disease with proper diet and adequate exercise. However, certain types of heart disease are not caused by eating too many French fries or by being a couch potato. Many people have heart disease as a result of genetic defects, and there is nothing they can do about it.

Depression, RA and Social Security Disability

Arthritis is the biggest cause of disability in the United States, according to Healthline News. This means that at least 50 million Americans are affected by one of the 100 forms of arthritis. Making things worse is depression, another significant cause of disability in the U.S. It turns out that people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in particular are two times more likely to be depressed than people without RA. What is the reason for this linkage? Is it reactive depression because RA is depressing to live with, or is it clinical depression, which is much more difficult to shake off? In other words, is the depression biological or psychological?

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