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What is early-onset Alzheimer's disease?

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Early-onset Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed before age 65. The news is usually shocking, and it means you need to plan now for big changes ahead, so you'll be safe and get the care you need as time goes on.

The early-onset form most often shows up when you're in your 40s and 50s. But it's not unheard of for people to get it as young as their 30s.

Because Alzheimer's robs you of your memory, your ability to think clearly, and ultimately to take care of yourself, you'll need a strong support system. Turn to family, friends, and local chapters of the Alzheimer's Association and other groups to get started making a plan for the rest of your life.

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's," "Alzheimer's changes the whole brain," "Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia," "Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease," "If you have younger-onset Alzheimer's," "Risk Factors," "The Search for Alzheimer’s Causes and Risk Factors," "Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease," "Treatments for Sleep Disturbances," "Younger/Early Onset Alzheimer's & Dementia."

Cleveland Clinic: "Living with early-onset."

Keith N. Fargo, PhD, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease."

Richard Lipton, MD, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City.

National Institute on Aging: "About Alzheimer's Disease: Causes," "Alzheimer's Disease: Unraveling the Mystery."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Alzheimer's Association: "10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's," "Alzheimer's changes the whole brain," "Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia," "Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease," "If you have younger-onset Alzheimer's," "Risk Factors," "The Search for Alzheimer’s Causes and Risk Factors," "Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease," "Treatments for Sleep Disturbances," "Younger/Early Onset Alzheimer's & Dementia."

Cleveland Clinic: "Living with early-onset."

Keith N. Fargo, PhD, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease."

Richard Lipton, MD, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City.

National Institute on Aging: "About Alzheimer's Disease: Causes," "Alzheimer's Disease: Unraveling the Mystery."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

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