SSD FAQ: Is it easier to get approved for Disability after age 50? Answer: Generally yes, depending on your specific situation. The SSA's "ability to work" rules are more relaxed for applicants who are 50 and older. As a result, a 50-year-old may be approved even though he or she is able to do some kind of work whereas a 49-year-old with the same qualifications may be denied. There is no cost or obligation to receive a free evaluation to discuss your specific case and potential eligibility for benefits.