EARLY-ON­SET ALZHEIMER’S

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - SOURCES: WWW.HEALTHLINE.COM / WWW.ALZ.ORG

Early-on­set Alzheimer’s is an un­com­mon form of de­men­tia, found in just 5 per cent of cases, di­ag­nosed in peo­ple as young as 30 but more com­monly in their 50s. Mem­ory loss or oc­ca­sional con­fu­sion is not suf­fi­cient to sug­gest a de­men­tia di­ag­no­sis, which re­quires hav­ing at least two types of im­pair­ment that sig­nif­i­cantly in­ter­feres with ev­ery­day life. In ad­di­tion to dif­fi­culty re­mem­ber­ing you could also ex­pe­ri­ence im­pair­ments in: Lan­guage and com­mu­ni­ca­tion: Can’t find the right words

Con­fu­sion: Can’t fo­cus or com­plete tasks, poor sense of di­rec­tion Rea­son­ing: Dif­fi­culty fol­low­ing story lines

Mood: Apathy, sud­den mood changes

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