“Will I be able to qualify for benefits?” This is not an easy question to answer. The Social Security Administration has complex rules and regulations. Here are some helpful guidelines.
As we grow older it becomes easier to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. If you are over the age of 55 and have a medical condition that prevents you from performing a job that you’ve done in the past 15 years, you should apply. If you are older than 50 but younger than 55 you will need to show that you are unable to do all but the easiest jobs.
Even if you are under 50, you don’t need to be bedridden to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, but you do need to show that you can’t perform any of your past jobs or work full-time at any job that exists in large numbers in the national economy.
The Social Security Administration is concerned with your ability to physically and mentally perform a job’s required duties, not your arguments that you can’t find a job, that a job doesn’t pay enough for you to support yourself or your family, or that you don’t like a certain type of job.