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The Occurrence of Younger onset of Alzheimer’s Disease

Younger onset Alzheimer’s is when it occurs in a person under the age of 65. People who have younger onset dementia may be in any stage of dementia- early, middle or late 30s, 40s, or 50s, and have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Warning signs: Memory Loss, Difficulty performing familiar tasks, Problems with language,Disorientation to time and place, Poor or decreased judgement, Abstract thinking, changes in mood and behavior, changes in personality,and loss of initiative. There are 7 stages of Alzheimer’s, Stage 1:No impairment (normal function) Stage 2:Very mild individuals may feel as if they have memory lapses. Stage 3: Mild cognitive decline-early stage Alzheimer’s can be diagnosed in some, but not in all patients.Stage 4:Moderate cognitive decline- reduced memory of personal history. Stage5: Moderately severe cognitive decline- Confusion on date, day of the week or season needs more assistancewith daily living. Stage 6: Severe cognitive decline-Requires full assistance with ALL daily living ie; getting dressed, eating, and toilting. Individual tends to wander and becomes suspicious.Finally Stage 7: Very severe this is the final stage of the disease when the individuals lose their ability to respond to their invironment, the abilty to speak and ultimately the abilty to control movement. Individuals lose their abilty to walk, to sit without support, the abilty to smile or to hold their head up. Swalloing becomes impaired, muscles become rigid and reflexes become abnormal.

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