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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

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Can you get alzheimer's disease by shaking your head or concussions?

Can you get alzheimer's disease by shaking your head or concussions?

A little complex: Standard head shaking is harmless, unless you injure your neck. Repetitive head injury such as many concussions can cause post-traumatic encephalopathy, which is seen in many professional athletes. There is a relationship with head trauma and alzheimer pathology, but is not anatomically in same locations as standard alzheimer's. ...Read more

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Is dementia/Alzheimer's a disease of modern times or always been around. I don't ever want to get it when I'm old anything I can do to lower risk?

Is dementia/Alzheimer's a disease of modern times or always been around. I don't ever want to get it when I'm old anything I can do to lower risk?

Hopefully you won't: ....have anything to worry about by the time you get up to the typical age when people start having degenerative changes in their brains leading to AD. Hopefully, we will either have a vaccine, medication, or be able to do brain transplants to correct the problems! Yes, it's existed since the dawn of time though it was only named a century ago. Lots of things u can do now but none proven to work ...Read more

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Do people with alzheimer's disease also get depressed?

Do people with alzheimer's disease also get depressed?

Yes: Depression often precedes the development of dementia in alzheimers disease. In early alzheimers it can be difficult to diagnose the dementia though the depression is easier to see. In later alzheimers, the symptoms of depression may be there but a depressive illness is much less common. Some patients with advanced alzheimers benefit from antidepressants though these medications do have risks. ...Read more

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My mother had alzheimer's disease and she dead 10 years ego. How likely is it that i get this disease?

My mother had alzheimer's disease and she dead 10 years ego. How likely is it that i get this disease?

Depends on onset: There are a few rare cases where alzheimer's disease (ad) does run in families. These tend to be cases of 'early onset' ad, which affects those under the age of 65. In these cases, the probability for brothers, sisters and children will develop ad is one in 2.If a family member has a normal form of ad, the risk to close relatives is around three times that of a person with no family member history. ...Read more

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Can young people get alzheimer's?

Can young people get alzheimer's?

Not generally: Alzheimers disease is primarily a disease of older people. Development before 60 years of age is uncommon. In younger people some disorders can cause memory impairment such as can occur with trauma to the brain, childhood developmental disorders and drug abuse. Major depression can mimick dementia with slow thinking, lack of initiative, poor self care. ...Read more

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What is Alzheimer's disease?

Common dementia: Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Memory problems, word finding problems, word substitutions errors, getting lost in places that are familiar are often early symptoms. Also forgetting how to use tools that you used to know how to use. Finally, trouble evaluating info and following plans happen later. ...Read more

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What is alzheimer's disease?

Dementia: Alzheimer's is a specific form of dementia which includes severe short term and intermediate memory disturbance. There is some evidence it is genetic. There are very specific changes I the brain, but these are not easily identified by current brain scans ...Read more

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What is alzheimer's disease?

What is alzheimer's disease?

A form of dementia: Alzheimer' s disease is one type of dementia, conditions marked by of decline in cognitive status because of brain changes which lead to problems functioning. Its exact cause is not known but the greatest risk factor is old age and some forms that run in families. Sometimes other reversible conditions such as depression or low sodium can mimic symptoms so a careful diagnosis is the first step ...Read more

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What causes Alzheimer's disease?

What causes Alzheimer's disease?

Unknown at present: Alzheimer's disease is one type of dementia, conditions marked by of decline in cognitive status & because of problems functioning.In spite of continuing research at this time exact cause is not known but greatest risk factor is old age & some forms run in families. Sometimes other conditions such as depression or low sodium can mimic symptom or worsen QOL so a careful diagnosis is first step. ...Read more

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Is alzheimer's disease inherited?

Is alzheimer's disease inherited?

Likely yes: If there is a strong history of alzheimer's disease in the family like grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, brothers or sisters, then you could be at risk of developing it. ...Read more

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