Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It’s a degenerative brain disease, which means it gets worse over time. Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease can occur before the age of 65, and precautions should be taken if its symptoms occur.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor if you recognize any of the warning signs below. Be sure to check out our post on overcoming burnout and stress as a caregiver as well.
Click the photos below to learn about some of the warning signs of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Memory Loss that
Affects Daily Life
Do you often forget recently learned information? Or maybe you’re having difficulty making plans or solving problems. These are common warning signs of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. You might experience difficulty concentrating and take longer to do things than you once did.
Confusion, Usually of
Time and Place
People with early-onset Alzheimer’s can often forget dates and seasons. They might also find it difficult to complete tasks at home or at work, such as managing a budget or remembering the rules of a once-familiar game. Take this quiz on Alzheimer’s disease to learn more.
Vision or Speaking Problems
People who have Alzheimer’s might have issues with driving, with reading, or with following a conversation. It’s possible they might have problems coming up with the right word, or they might even stop talking in the middle of a conversation. Find out more about older driver safety and how to stay protected here.
Poor Judgement and
A person with Alzheimer’s might place things in unusual spots, and when unable to find them later might even accuse others of stealing. They could also lack good judgement in cleanliness and overall decision making. If you know someone without health insurance who has these symptoms, learn about Medicare here.
Changes in Mood
People who have Alzheimer’s might have trouble performing their favorite activities or hobbies. They might even undergo a change in personality. Common symptoms of mood changes include confusion, depression, fearfulness, and anxiety.
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“If You Have Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease,” Alzheimer’s Association. May 30, 2019.
“Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet,” National Institute on Aging. May 30, 2019.