As diagnostic procedures become more sophisticated and the public's awareness grows, more individuals will be accurately diagnosed at a younger age and an earlier stage of the disease. Alzheimer's disease is considered to be in its early onset, or starting point, if an individual is under 65 when symptoms first appear.
Individuals with early-onset Alzheimer's disease will experience similar symptoms as early-stage Alzheimer's disease. The following presents some of the additional issues that early-onset individuals may experience due to their younger age (for example, children living at home, employment issues).
The Alzheimer Society of Toronto can provide information, support and referrals to families facing the following issues:
Difficulty obtaining a diagnosis
Early-onset individuals may have a difficulty obtaining an accurate diagnosis due to:
Tips for helping individuals obtain a diagnostic assessment
Due to the relatively young age of early-onset individuals, insurance and other benefits may be more difficult to obtain and there may be more expenses to consider. Financial challenges may include the following:
Tips for addressing financial challenges
Impact on children at home
Children of parent diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease may feel:
Tips for helping children cope
We have a monthly support group for family members of persons with early onset dementia.
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