What is Early-onset Alzheimer’s?
The word dementia is used to describe a group of symptoms – often including memory loss, confusion or mood changes that are severe enough to affect day-to-day life. There are many causes of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease the most common.
Although often thought of as a disease of older people, around 5% of people with Alzheimer’s disease are under 65. This is called early-onset or young-onset Alzheimer’s. It usually affects people in their 40s, 50s and early 60s.
Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of early-onset dementia. However, there are other causes in younger people such as frontotemporal dementia and vascular dementia.
If you are worried about yourself or someone else who is showing symptoms of dementia, talk to us. We will be able to rule out other health problems such as depression or anxiety that may cause similar symptoms in younger people
Dr Behzad Basit is an experienced Psychiatrist who helps patients with living with dementia. With his medical career starting in 1988, Dr Basit been described by patients and colleagues as very approachable and can help patients experiencing problems with memory and possible Dementia. His background in general practice, psychiatry and psychotherapy enables him to take a holistic approach in the assessment and management of patients.
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Source: Alzheimers Research UK