Symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease

Typically, dementia is often associated as being a condition older people get; however, five per cent of people with Alzheimer’s disease are under 65.

According to Alzheimer’s Research UK, this is known as early-onset Alzheimer’s, symptoms can be similar to those of late-onset Alzheimer’s, however, can reveal itself in more unusual ways in younger patients.

Here are five symptoms to look out for:

Memory problems

Memory problems that interfere with everyday life could be a symptom, for example forgetting messages or recent events that would normally be remembered, or repeating questions.

Personality changes

They may be subtle at first, but someone with a low mood, who is irritable or loses their confidence, could have early-onset Alzheimer’s. For example, showing less interest in activities they used to enjoy.

Confusion

People may come confused in unfamiliar situations and may lose a sense of place and time.

Difficulty communicating

This may sometimes be called aphasia, which is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write

Difficulty recognising words and objects

Difficulty recognising these and judging speed or distance may also be a sign.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, which means symptoms get worse over time and recognising symptoms as early on as possible is very important.

However, because some of the symptoms are more unusual it can make it more difficult for people, families and doctors to recognise.

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