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Gregory Kunkel, Esq.
DON’T GIVE UP IF SSA DENIES YOUR CLAIM!
Recent statistics released by the Social Security Administration (SSA) once again confirm that the vast majority of applications are denied at the initial level or review. The SSA FY 2018 Waterfall Chart shows that SSA denied 65 percent of applications that were filed, and that only 12 percent of those initial denials were reversed at the reconsideration level. The latest statistics again confirm that you have a much better chance of approval if you appeal your case to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). In 2018, ALJs approved 45 percent of applications that were appealed. While the ALJ approval rate is down slightly from FY 2017, the statistics confirm that individuals should not be discouraged if SSA initially denies their application. In fact, in most cases, I tell my clients to hope for the best, but that they should not to be surprised or discouraged if their initial application is denied by SSA.
Celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day This May
As you age, it may feel like you don’t recognize your own body anymore. You swear that manufacturers are printing product packaging with smaller fonts, you groan whenever you sit or stand, and you visit the bathroom at least once every night. Aging is an adventure, and staying physically active is a constant battle between your aching joints and the will to get moving. Starting a physical fitness routine may be one of the healthiest choices you can make. As we approach National Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 29, take some time to evaluate your fitness activity level. You can use the following tips to live a more active lifestyle — no matter how old you are! Physical activity is one of the keys to a long and healthy life. For older adults, the benefits of physical activity are increased tenfold. When you participate in physical activity at least once per day, your chances of developing heart conditions, diabetes, and arthritis decrease. For patients who already have arthritis, low impact activities like water aerobics or walking can provide relief for the joints. Exercise is also essential to maintaining a healthy heart after a heart attack or stroke. Probably the most important benefit of staying physically active is helping you stay upright. According to the National Council on Aging, exercise helps prevent senior citizens from falling — one of the deadliest things that can happen to an older adult. GET STRONGER!
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