Age is one of the most important factors considered by Social Security. Along with that, educational level, past work experience, are all vocational factors that are taken into account by the court, by the judge, by the vocational expert. There’s a reason for it. When people get older… and by the way, this may not cheer you up, but at age 55, Social Security considers you to be of advanced age. At 50, you are closely approaching advanced age. People who are of advanced age have more difficulty adapting to new jobs than younger people. This is recognized by Social Security. It’s not a form of discrimination. It’s a recognition of a physical fact. Therefore, it is easier for the court to determine that someone age 55 is disabled than somebody who is age 50.
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