My father has dementia and is unable to work. Is it possible for my dad to apply for New York State disability (short term disability) benefits for now and apply for SSD (long term disability) later?
If you father has recently had a job and stopped work he can file for NYS Disability against his employer.
If your father had steady work for at 5 out of the last 10 years he can apply for SSD. If he has been out of work more than 6 months he should get started on the SSD application. You will need medical evidence of his impairment. There are degrees of dementia. A social Security attorney can evaluate your medical evidence and help you communicate with doctors as to exactly what your Dad will need to prove his case. I suggest you consult a SSD attorney.
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