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Receiving Social Security When You’re Too Disabled to Keep Working

Who receives the disabled worker benefits?

Getting your paperwork done if you're too disabled to work.

Photo by Jetta Productions/Blend Images/Corbis

To apply for Social Security disability benefits, you will need to document your condition.

Alyne Ellis talks with AARP’s Social Security expert Stan Hinden, who writes a regular column for both and the AARP Bulletin. A former columnist for the Washington Post, Hinden is the author of How to Retire Happy: The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire. If you have a question about Social Security, check out the Social Security Mailbox archive. If you don't find your answer there, you can send a query.

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