Contrary to popular belief, there are people who can get Alzheimer’s even before they turn 60. This is called early-onset Alzheimer’s and can affect people from their late 30s all the way to 50s.
While the symptoms are generally the same as its late-onset counterpart, there are still signs of early-onset Alzheimer’s that can seem strange. Still, these signs are telling that you or someone close to you could be developing the disease.
Signs of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s
- Memory problems that interfere with productivity or everyday activities. This includes forgetting recent events, not remembering where they put something, or repeating stories and questions.
- Becoming confused about the date and time as well as places.
- Becoming disoriented such as getting lost in a familiar place.
- Changes in personality and behavior such as indifference or lack of empathy towards others, depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
- Difficulty communicating, especially in finding the right words for things.
- Difficulty recognizing words and signs, especially if objects are far away or are moving fast.
Since Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, it is best to identify it in your loved ones early on so that adequate care and treatment can be used before symptoms get worse.