If you have an elderly loved one that you need to help care for, it is important to know more about their health. You might be worried that they will get Alzheimer’s disease earlier in their life. Maybe you think they already have it. If you have either of these concerns, it would be helpful to know more about early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about this disease today.
Defining Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
Research shows that early-onset Alzheimer’s disease happens in those who are 65 or younger. Millions of Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and hundreds of thousands have early onset of this disease. If your elderly loved one has early-onset Alzheimer’s, they might even be diagnosed as early as 40 years of age.
Many professionals say that for some people, there is no relative cause for the early onset of this disease. However, in other cases, it may be caused by familial or genetic factors. No matter what the cause is for your elderly loved one, it is important that they get a diagnosis as soon as possible.
Signs/Symptoms of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease
If you want to keep an eye out for early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in your elderly loved one, there are some signs or symptoms that you should be looking out for. These include the following:
- Repeatedly asking for the same information
- Having trouble solving simple problems (balancing a checkbook or figuring out a recipe)
- Lost track of time or forgetting locations
- Can’t seem to find the correct word for an object or when having a conversation
- Misplacing items like glasses or keys
As your elderly loved one progresses further into this disease, they may also experience the following:
- Severe changes in their behavior or mood
- Trouble walking, swallowing, or speaking
- Worsened memory loss
- Getting suspicious of their elderly care providers, friends, and family members
If your elderly loved one is experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, you should have them see their doctor as soon as possible. Remember, the earlier the diagnosis, the better care your elderly loved one can get.
Things to Do After a Diagnosis
If your elderly loved one has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, there are some things you can do to prepare for the progression of this disease. Some of these things include the following:
- Join a support group for yourself
- Talk with your elderly loved one to plan for their future
- Hire more time for your elderly loved one with elderly care providers
- Focus on what your elderly loved one can still do
If you can do these things, you can help your elderly loved one to accept and manage this disease, while it is still in the early stages.
Now that you know more about early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, you can recognize the signs/symptoms in your elderly loved one and help them out if they get a diagnosis.