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    Question Has anyone over 60 applied for SS Disability???

    I'm headed for a revision surgery this Fall and wondered if any of you over 60 years old have applied for Social Security Disability??? I've worked all my life, sometimes two and three jobs at a time....and have never even collected unemployment before. I have no idea how this works?? Or if it's even feasible?? Advice??

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    I did apply for disability and did get it. When I went to the office I never intended to apply for disability, I only wanted to know my options. I did get it and early Medicare because I was going to lose my insurance. I had to w for Medicare for 2 years but I did get it. I would say to wait until the revision because they look at recent medical treatment. I was able to get it without an attorney but some people need the legal help..It seems possible because of being close to retirement age.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

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    Thank you, Jackie! I would really rather go back to work, but I'm afraid it might not be possible. I'll be 60 years, 8 months at the time of the revision surgery. Are you near that age, too?

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    Your state will cover you for temporary disability during the time you're off of work to have your surgery and recovery.
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    Linda is right you can go on temporary disability. I was 62 when I applied. I had never intended to go on disability but I needed to have medical insurance. It was really complicated because I had a workers compensation case at the time. So I didn't get disability payments but qualified for Medicare early and I needed that. I had just had revision surgery and didn't have a problem applying. It was the worker at the social security office that encouraged me to try.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

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    Not all states have disability insurance

    Some states have state-run SDI programs, like CA, but many others such as Oregon do not. I am from CA and now live in Oregon. I assumed all states had SDI but was shocked to find out they don't. It's definitely something to look into. I had to go back to work sooner than I might have (at 14 weeks after original surgery) due to financial concerns. It wasn't fun, that's for sure.

    I did return to work on mostly seated duty at 12 weeks after both of my major revisions for broken rods and did pretty well. Mentally I was bored at home and needed something more to do!
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    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    Good to know Gayle. I didn't have a clue. Thanks.
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