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Is it possible for young people in their 20s or 30s to get Alzheimer's disease?

Is it possible for young people in their 20s or 30s to get Alzheimer's disease?

Very unlikely: Alzheimer's disease is not the only cause of dementia the typical alzheimer disease is highly unlikely in the age group you mention. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Alzheimer's Disease (Definition)

A progressively worsening brain disorder that affects memory. Symptoms usually begin with increasing forgetfulness and confusion and can progress to the inability to ...Read more


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What would cause memory problems in young male(<20 yo) ? Can it be sleep apnea ? Alzheimer disease ? Thanking you.

What would cause memory problems in young male(<20 yo) ? Can it be sleep apnea ? Alzheimer disease ? Thanking you.

Many reasons: Sleep apnea can cause memory problems, but you would have other symptoms. Do you have daytime fatigue? mood changes? do you snore? Are you normal weight? Do you lie flat on your back when you sleep? To have Alzheimer's THIS young, you would need a LONG family hx and/or have Down's syndrome. There are other simple vitamin/hormone deficiencies possible. See your doc for some bloodwork. Be well : ) ...Read more

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How do you get alzheimer's disease?

How do you get alzheimer's disease?

No one knows: There are some genetic compenents, and there are factors that increase risk. Those things that keep your heart healthy also generally help keep your brain healthy. ...Read more

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Does alzheimer's disease occur in younger adults too?

Does alzheimer's disease occur in younger adults too?

It is rare: There are rare forms of early-onset alzheimer disease that run in families. These forms of alzheimer disease are usually cause by mutations in one of three genes. People with these mutations often develop alzheimer disease in their 40s and 50s. Families with multiple people suffering from early-onset alzheimer disease may wish to consider genetic testing. ...Read more

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What is a good way to get a person 'tested' for alzheimer's disease?

What is a good way to get a person 'tested' for alzheimer's disease?

History and exam: Alzheimer's disease is usually diagnosed on the basis of good clinical history obtained from the patient (to the extent possible) and from the patient's family, as well as from an examination to rule out other causes of other dementias. ...Read more

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Will you eventually get alzheimer's disease if you get old enough, even if you don't have any of the genes?

Will you eventually get alzheimer's disease if you get old enough, even if you don't have any of the genes?

Unknown: There is no known answer to this question. We do know that there are people over the age of 100 who do not have alzheimers disease. We also know that there are people who have no clinical evidence of alzheimers at their death but who do have brain changes suggesting that they do have the illness. ...Read more

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How do I get help for my mother who has Alzheimer's disease?

How do I get help for my mother who has Alzheimer's disease?

Which help?: There are many different kinds of help that could be provided but they depend on the stage of the disease and needs of the patient. ...Read more