From Then to Now: Social Security Is 79 Years Old Today

by Staff | August 15th, 2014

On this day in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved the bill that would become the foundation for the Social Security program. Since that time, nearly 56 million Americans have received benefits from the program.

Many of these individuals are receiving Social Security Disability benefits, leaving many wondering what some of the most common types of disabilities are. Data indicates musculoskeletal disorders are the leading cause for disability claims today. These conditions include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

Some of the other leading causes for disability claims today include certain cancers, diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes.

The Council for Disability Awareness explains says personal lifestyle choices are also becoming more prominent contributing factors in the conditions that qualify individuals for Social Security Disability. Factors that increase a person’s chances of suffering from a disabling condition include tobacco use, excess body weight, engagement in high risk activities and behaviors, and affliction with a chronic health condition.

There are several behaviors that can reduce your chances of suffering from a disability, such as eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of rest, and exercising regularly.

The Social Security Disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are happy to see the Social Security Disability system thriving decades after its inception.

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