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Younger-Onset AD or Other Dementia
I am 64, was diagnosed about 2 years ago. All has been as fine as it can be until about 3 weeks ago. While nothing in my life has changed (with in reason) I find that I am much more forgetful, cognitive functions are much reduced, and I am having anger and depression issues.
Has anyone else noticed that their "decent" will / has suddenly speed up?
Do keep us in the look.
Unfortunately, yes. I am now aware my mental processing is slower than _____. My visual processing is horrible. It took me a while to figure out that sometimes my brain is taking a bit too long to interpret what I am seeing. These aren't hallucinations or delusions. I've only had five of these incidents thus far but I'm afraid my driving days may end sooner than expected.
I've been reading a lot of studies lately trying to get a handle on all of this. I had read in some older studies that the amount of plaque in the brain is not related to the state of cognition.
However, I also found a study published this year that showed that those with a higher amyloid burden will progress more rapidly than those with less. I cannot remember whether the APOE4 played any role in this acceleration because carriers of the APOE4 gene tend to have a higher burden. I'm sure I bookmarked the study so I'll probably go back and check.
I had also read a study that indicated those with a higher cognitive reserve, in general, have been found to have a greater amount of amyloid on their Pet Scan. The thought behind this is that the person with a higher cognitive reserve gets along quite nicely until the the reserve is used up. There's a much more elegant way to phrase that last sentence, but damn if I can think of it right now.
I'm totally aware of the sudden worsening of my cognition and yet I am also aware that I am an experienced procrastinator. One of my younger colleagues pointed out to me that Alzheimer's is terminal. Uh, yes. I am so screwed.
I have experienced "sudden changes" and they are so far 70% related to a UTI (urinary tract infection).
When not caused by that the new symptoms manifest for a week or so and then diminish. Don't get too comfortable thinking this is it, I'll never be able to _______ again. Most of the time things have come back.
I think anger is one of the bigger symptoms of a UTI for many ALZ patients. I have had so many I bought the test strips so I can check my urine at home.
The more concern I have, or despair or anxiety - the worse the cognitive function is.
love and courage
Thanks to everyone who replied. I am actually on a Danube River cruise with my wife. But I have gotten to the point of having to use a walker for distances over 10 yards, and my legs feel like rock.
Memory is worse, and I am sleeping A LOT. Guess maybe this is where things are just going....
If you can contact your dementia doctor by e-mail, please do so. And, no matter how wonderful the trip is, there is stress. And this could be part of the problem.
Enjoy. Which trip are you on? I went from Budapest to Bucharest.