Many people believe that Alzheimer’s disease only occurs in people aged over 65 years. In fact, Alzheimer’s disease can also affect people younger than age 65.This is what they call as early-onset Alzheimer’s.
In most cases, people will start developing early-onset Alzheimer’s in their 40s and 50s, but it is very rare to occur in the 30s. Only about 5% of total people with Alzheimer’s will develop this symptoms.
Because Alzheimer’s disease robs your ability to think and your memory as well, you unavoidably need other people to help you complete your daily tasks.
Diagnosing early-onset Alzheimer’s
Unfortunately, getting an accurate diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s can be a long and tiring process, because there is no single test that can confirm you have it.
There are several ways to see if you have early-onset Alzheimer’s.
- You need to check your medical history
- Take a test to check your memory and see how well you solve problems
- Take a test that look for changes in your genes
- Run a CT scan to check any changes in your brain
What causes early-onset Alzheimer’s?
Modern scientists succeeded in appointing three rare genes that directly cause early-onset Alzheimer’s; the APP, PSEN 1 and PSEN 2.
They are different from the APOE gene that causes Alzheimer’s in general. The genetic path of inheritance is much stronger in early-onset Alzheimer’s, so if you have one of those three genes then you are probably going to develop early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Because early-onset Alzheimer runs in families and affects many family members in several generations, it is also called “familial Alzheimer’s disease”.
How Do I Treat Early-Onset Alzheimer’s?
The first thing that you need to do is stay as positive as you can. I know this kind of news will greatly affect your mind, but your worries can not help you. Try to enjoy any simple game that you love. Practicing yoga may help you to relax.
Keep your body fit by exercising regularly and eat healthy meal. These will help maintain your memory longer and slow down the process your disease.
You can also try several drugs approved by the FDA to treat early-onset Alzheimer’s, include memantine, galantamine, donepezil and rivastigmine. These drugs can not cure early-onset Alzheimer’s but delay the symptoms for a few months to a few years. So, you can live independently longer.