Early Onset Of Alzheimer 's Disease

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Dementia is the general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer 's. Alzheimer 's disease literally eats and attacks the human brain (Overview). It is a progressive disease that causes the brain cells to degenerate and die, which causes memory loss and affects other important mental functions (Mayo). Today in America, over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer 's disease and someone develops Alzheimer 's disease every 67 seconds in the United States. (Overview).
A form of Alzheimer 's diseases is early onset. Early onset Alzheimer 's disease is defined as someone diagnosed under the age of 65. Early onset is commonly found in people in their 40s and 50s. Five percent or around 200,000 of Americans living with Alzheimer 's have early onset form. The only cause known to early onset Alzheimer 's disease is genetics (Overview).
There are many signs to look for in Alzheimer 's disease. The most common signs include: memory loss, challenges when planning and solving problems, confusion with time and place, misplacing items, and having a difficult time completing everyday tasks. A person with Alzheimer 's disease will also begin to show signs of poor judgement. Some people withdraw from social and/or work events, which can be a sign of mood and personality change. Risk factors of Alzheimer 's include: age, environment, and genetics/family history. There are two…
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