Answered on Apr 15th, 2012 at 10:49 AM
The only sure way to know is to apply. It may be a very difficult case because of no work in 10 years, but it can be done. You will probably need legal help.
If you are successful, your benefits will only be retroactive to 12 months before the Social Security Disability Application, so it would be good to apply soon if you choose to do so at http://ssa.gov/pgm/disability.htm
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