Understanding Early Onset Alzheimer’s

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?

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.

What Are the Signs of Early Onset Alzheimer’s?

Symptoms of early onset Alzheimer’s are similar to those of other memory disorders, and they include:

  • Memory loss, particularly forgetting big events or holidays
  • Trouble planning ahead and problem solving
  • Difficulty determining what time it is or where you are
  • Trouble completing routine tasks
  • Feeling like the right word is on the tip of your tongue but not being able to think of it
  • Vision problems or changes in prescription
  • Losing items frequently
  • Withdrawing from social events, work, or things that you normally enjoy
  • Mood or personality changes

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.

Are There Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Early Onset Alzheimer’s?

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:

  • Cognitive training
  • Physical activity on a regular basis
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Continuing to learn and engage the brain as you age
  • Avoiding concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • Staying mentally active

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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Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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