My husband has been diagnosis'd with an early dementia. In looking back, it's been very slowly progressive over the past few years. He's very functional, although he had to retire from his work two years ago because the technical aspects of his job became too difficult. Again, he's very functional in many areas, but not so much in others so that it wouldn't be safe or practical for him to be home alone, i.e., his ability to make sense out of numbers has been affected so that, if he were to need to call 911, he would dial 119 or 191, etc. and MAYBE hit 911 at some point, probably after the house burned down. Even though he still drives, it's very unlikely that he would be able to pass a written test for his Driver's License because, although he can and still does read, his ability to write has also been affected. We quickly filed for Social Security Disability for him when it became obvious that he would not longer be able to work, and his application was approved in an amazingly short period of time. My question is, I have a few more years to go before I'm eligible for Social Security, yet I'm unable to to work outside my home due to being his primary caregiver...I tried for eight months, if only to get a break from the circus that is my life, and it was a disaster. Does anyone know if there's any sort of Social Security benefit available to the spouse/caregiver of a disabled spouse?