8 Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Symptoms to Look Out For

Most people assume that Alzheimer’s disease only affects people over age 65, but symptoms can start to show as young as 40. People who have Alzheimer’s symptoms in their 40s and 50s are said to have early-onset Alzheimer’s.

In fact, research shows that five percent of the five million people with Alzheimer’s in the U.S. have early-onset Alzheimer’s.

People in their 40s and 50s may ignore Alzheimer’s symptoms since, they assume it only affects older people. It’s also easy to confuse Alzheimer’s symptoms with those of stress or other health conditions. Below are early-onset Alzheimer’s symptoms you should look out for in yourself and family members.

Symptoms of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

1. Inability to Determine Time or Location

The memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s can make you lose track of time. You may even start to forget dates and have a hard time planning for future events. Memory loss can also cause you to get lost more often, especially when visiting new places.

2. Losing Interest in Hobbies

A sudden loss of interest in the things you used to enjoy should be a red flag. Apathy among people with cognitive impairment could lead to full-blown Alzheimer’s, according to research. It’s okay to feel lazy every now and then, but a growing sense of indifference shouldn’t be ignored.

3. Vision Problems

Research shows that there is a link between Alzheimer’s and vision loss. Common vision problems involve color perception, motion blindness, depth perception, and contrast sensitivity. There’s no need to panic if your vision has gone blurry. Remember that we lose vision as we age. Get examined by a doctor to see if Alzheimer’s could be causing your vision loss.

In the meantime, eat these nutrients to improve your vision.

4. Trouble Recalling Stories

We all struggle to put a story together, but you should be concerned if you start forgetting entire stories. This study found that Alzheimer’s patients struggle to remember stories, but they can easily remember words.

5. Unfocused Staring

Alzheimer’s causes change of cognitive function, which makes it harder to recall facts, memories, and basic information. Being “blank” can make you stare at people or things for minutes without thinking or saying a word.

6. Difficulty Completing Easy Tasks

Are you having trouble driving or cooking meals? This could be a sign of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Again, this has to do with memory problems. Seek guidance from a healthcare provider instead of hiding this problem.

7. Misplacing Everything You Touch

We have all misplaced keys or the remote. However, misplacing everything you touch is not normal.

8. Change in Hygiene

The hygiene of a person with early-onset Alzheimer’s can change. They may start to wear dirty clothes repeatedly. Memory loss can also make a person stop caring about bathing.

Note that all of these symptoms could be signs of other diseases. Before you jump to any conclusions or take drastic measures, talk to your doctor. In the meantime, it can’t hurt to use some of these strategies to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s.

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Stanley S
Stanley S3 months ago

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Marge F
Marge F3 months ago

Thank you for posting this informative article.

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Richard A
Richard A3 months ago

Thank you for this article.

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Maria P
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Fran F
Fran F3 months ago

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Sandra Vito
Sandra Vito3 months ago

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Sandra Vito3 months ago

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Magdalen B
Magdalen B3 months ago

Quite a lot of my conversations inclue " Have I told you this before?" or "Well you never mentioned that!" The answer to the latter tends to be something like "Oh yes I did!"

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Julia S
Julia S3 months ago

Thank you! Alzheimer runs in my family.

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Mary Seymour
Mary Seymour3 months ago

Very useful. Thank you.

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