Age as a factor in obtaining Social Security benefits: you may be released to work but entitled to benefits
Age can be a key factor in obtaining Social Security benefits. Social Security has determined that people, beginning at age 50, have a significantly more difficult time in learning a new job. They have developed a set of rules that, generally speaking, makes it easier to obtain benefits at 50, 55 and 60. Again, the general understanding is that as people age, it is more difficult for them to learn new skills. In order to understand the rules, one has to understand how Social Security defines different jobs. The starting point is how much one has to lift at a job. There are five main job categories. They are sedentary, light, medium, heavy and very heavy. Generally speaking, if one has to lift 20 pounds or more on occasion, then the job is classified at the least at the light level. As the lifting requirements move up, then a job may be categorized as medium, heavy or very heavy. Sedentary work is defined as lifting no more than 10 pounds on occasion.
Generally speaking, if you are age 50 or above, and had a job that was light or above, and now you are restricted to sedentary jobs, you most likely will qualify for Social Security benefits. The rationale is that the skills you learned at these more rigorous jobs are not transferable to any kind of work where you sit all day long.
The point is that even though your physician may feel you are able to work, you may still be entitled to benefits despite that.
If you are age 50 or above, and believe you may qualify for benefits as described above, please give us a call so we can discuss your specific situation.