Most people think that Alzheimer’s is a disease that only affects seniors and retired adults. However, early onset Alzheimer’s is a frequently misdiagnosed condition that impacts adults under the age of 65. Currently, about 5-6% of patients with Alzheimer’s are under the age of 65, which means that it impacts over 300,000 people. What is early onset Alzheimer’s?
Early onset Alzheimer’s is sometimes known as young-onset Alzheimer’s, and most of the impacted people start to notice symptoms between the ages of 30 and 60. Because patients are so much younger, getting an accurate diagnosis can be very challenging. Medical history, genetics, age, and other factors can lead doctors to diagnose other issues like depression or anxiety instead. That’s why increased awareness is much more important.
Symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s are similar to those of other memory disorders, and they include:
Because many of these things can also be the symptoms of other conditions, it’s important to speak with the doctor as soon as possible for an evaluation.
Alzheime’s is a complex disease, and there is no way to fully prevent yourself from getting it. However, researchers have identified numerous risk factors that increase your likelihood of developing early onset Alzheimer’s. Some of the lifestyle changes that can lower your risk include:
It’s also important to know that there are many different treatments for early onset Alzheimer’s, and you are not alone. Your doctor can work with you to determine if medication may be appropriate in addition to other ways to help manage your work and social life.
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