Retiring early and getting SSI?

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    How hard is it to do? I will be 59 soon. I need my ssi now, not at 62. No way I can work a regular job. When I went to see my doctor he said go for it, since my RA is progressing and will be worse as I age.

    So I'm wondering if anyone here has applied and how difficult it may be.
     
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    I haven't done it for myself but I've done it for someone else and it's simple to do on-line.

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    Call the help desk if you have any questions... Done! :)
     
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    Since you're applying before retirement age for disability SSI you will need to go through the process of providing medical documentation of your condition, etc...


     
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    I have some work to do. Gotta remember when this was done, that was done, etc.
     
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    If you don't need disability, it is easy to get, the system is defrauded at an incredible degree.
    If you do need disability, it can take years.
     
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    I can get ssi in 3 years but....I sure could use it now since I will not be able to work at all. I haven't worked for a few years now. Mostly due to the economy, the rest due to health situations. Sigh. Sucks getting old. Thank God I have the ex. If not for him, I'd be up shit creek.
     
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    I went to a yard sale last year and this gal was all bleary eyed, smelled of vodka. My SIL bought a couch from her and this woman hefted it all by herself over to the truck and loaded it in. During the transaction, she was chatting with my SIL and she said she was looking for a room to rent, hence selling all her stuff. That she was on disability due to back problems. I'm like, wtf??? Here she is, drunk, hefting a couch even I would have trouble lifting and she's on disability????
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    Don't be afraid to click around and read the info before you start the actual application. Click as if you want to start and see what it says, etc...And I think you can start the process and go back and finish it later too.

    If you feel more comfortable doing it in person and on paper, just use the website to find a local office and some helpful secretary will explain everything...



    Your doctor(s) will be the one(s) ultimately supplying the medical documentation.


     
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    My wife looked into it because she has a disability that prevents her from working. She didn't even start the application process because she's married to me.
     

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