Yes, your age is a factor when Social Security decides whether or not to award you Social Security Disability Benefits. The basic framework is, the older you are the more difficult vocationally it is for you to make an adjustment to a completely different kind of work then the work than you performed in the past. Social Security has some basic age guidelines which they use in evaluating cases.
If you are under fifty years old, Social Security rules provide that it’s not that great of a vocational adjustment for you to go into a completely different line of work, then the work you have done in the past. So, you will need to prove to Social Security that there’s not any kind of job that you can’t do.
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If you’re over fifty years old, the rules are a little bit different. They, in general, take into account the kind of work you have done in the past and if there is any work that you have done in the past fifteen years that would be easier for you, and that you could make the vocational adjustment to go back to, because you’ve already done that kind of work.
The other factor that they evaluate is, they look at the kind of work you have done over the past fifteen years and they evaluate whether you have obtained any skills from that work that would transfer into a different or easier kind of work that would make it not that great of a vocational adjustment.
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