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Younger-Onset AD or Other Dementia
Is it Alzheimer's? I am 42.
Going to the doctor is a first good step.
Thank you both!
Monti00 - I am not aware of anyone else in his family with AD. Although, both his father & his father's father died at age 55 of heart attacks... so it seems possible that it was passed down through that paternal line and they didn't live quite long enough for it to manifest. That said, Dad was the oldest of 5 (2 brothers & 2 sisters), and none of his siblings have been diagnosed. When I think about it in that context, it does make me feel slightly better about my odds.
I do not believe I've welcomed you to the message boards bastet00. You will find lots of support and information here. Please go to the top of this page and click solutions. Various topics will come up and you can click on the ones that apply.
I would very highly encourage you to seek help from a neurologist. However, in the middle of the Covid 19 crisis, possibly do your homework. You can research neurologists, possibly contact your PCP and see if they recommend anyone. Then call and at least get on the books with an appointment - in the future. (However, having said that - many physicians are 'seeing' patients via teledoc type of communication. If you could do that, I think you would be on the right road.)
Yes your age is young at 42, and reading the internet can fill us up with fear - the what if its blank. I like that your documenting, that is excellent. Since this is only really started in the last several months, stress can cause all sorts of things. I'm certainly not saying stress is the cause, I'm saying stress possibly is involved. That is why you should contact a neurologist and see exactly what is happening. For me personally I'm a pro-active type of person, I believe that would benefit you in this situation also.
Take a deep breath, we are here for you. If you would like to contact the Help line 800-272-3900 please do so. They are answering the calls and will help point you in a direction. Let us know how you are doing.
I am 55 and was diagnosed with EOA earlier this year. I don't know when the symptoms started, but when problems were noticed at work (in addition to home) I spoke with a neurologist and started testing (so many tests). It took over a year, but I was finally diagnosed. When I and my husband started noticing that I was forgetting things, the first thing we though was that it was just a normal part of aging. It is so hard to tell what is "normal aging" and what is not. I was losing words, saying wrong words, becoming confused, and getting frequently agitated. Now that I have been diagnosed, I am on medication Donepezil (generic for Aricept) which is helping.
Having this disease at any age is terrifying, but at a younger age brings on even more challenges. I am coping with this disease the best I can. I've searched for support groups, but find them mostly only for caregivers. That is why I started MEMORY WARRIORS. Memory Warriors is a Facebook Support Group for people with EOA or any other type of dementia. It's a place to support each other. A place to ask and answer questions, share experiences, frustrations, and feelings. The dementia places us on a journey, but we don't need to travel the road alone. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1226076594431372/
Welcome Andree. I hope you and all new members continue to post here.
bastet00 any update on