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hourglassContinuing Disability Review Guide

After disability benefits are granted the Social Security Administration will review cases to determine if the beneficiary still deserves the benefits. These reviews are called Continuing Disability Reviews or CDR for short. 

CDRs can take place at any time while a person is receiving benefits. However, they are most likely to occur within twelve to twenty-four months after benefits are awarded, but can be in as little as six months or as long as seven years. The average is every three years. Reviews may continue periodically throughout the remainder of a person’s life as long as they remain on Social Security disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

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lonely ladyDon’t Be Lonely!

People with disabilities sometimes feel as if they are alone in the world. Most people are social beings and need interaction with other people, but when a disability comes along they find it restricts their ability to socialize. Prior friendships can become strained as relatives and acquaintances do not understand the physical needs and problems the person is experiencing. Feelings of isolationism can lead to depression and even increased sickness. Therefore it is important that people with disabilities connect with other people who are experiencing the same problems and can use these connections for support as well as socialization. The question is how do we build these groups and find others experiencing the same problems that we deal with everyday?

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man and lady inside houseHelp Me! I’m a Care Giving Spouse!

The New York Times ran a story estimating that 40 million women are the primary caregiver of a sick person.  Millions more caregivers are men. Often the case of a primary caregiver is one spouse taking care of another. If you’ve read this blog for long you have read some stories I’ve shared about my spouse and the struggles we’ve been through for the past eleven years. Now that I look back, although I’ve been asked thousands of times about my spouse’s well-being, very few people have ever asked me, “How are YOU doing?”  Only a care giving spouse can really understand the trials, stresses and physical toll the duty demands. Unfortunately caring for a spouse often ends in separation or divorce but it does not have to. Care giving spousal support is available.

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deadlinesWhat Happens if I Miss an SSA Disability Deadline?

The application and appeals processes for obtaining Social Security disability benefits are tied to deadlines. If those deadlines are missed you may not be approved. I’ve laid out some of the most important deadlines in this article that you need to be aware of.

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Lions Club InternationalLions Club International- Improving the Health of Millions

In a previous blog post I mentioned that the Lions Club International provides eye exams and other eye healthcare to needy individuals. Later, I started wondering exactly what this organization of over 1.4 million members offers and how much they help around the world. After some research I found out that they actually do a lot in a several areas. In addition to eye health, the Lions Club also helps with diabetes care and hearing problems as well as disaster relief.

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