My Mom is, and has collected SS for 17 years along with a small $61 check from my Dad's retirement who passed in 2007. I would like to know if she qualifies for SSI? She has dementia and I (her son) am her caregiver. Being 84 and reading the questions relating to "can she work" is a little confusing at her age. She is getting worse by the month and the doctors are saying she is showing signs of Alzheimer's. I had to quit work to help her and the doctor has stated she needs 24/7 monitoring. Not necessarily nursing care at this time but it is getting closer and closer to her needing more than I can offer. Any help on whether it is worth applying for or not wold be much appreciated. The money would certainly help.