Many Pennsylvania residents can likely relate to at times feeling scattered or overwhelmed. Sleep deprivation and stress are often to blame for silly “mistakes” like putting the milk in the cupboard instead of the refrigerator or frantically looking for the car keys only to realize they are already in hand. When more troubling symptoms associated with memory loss and cognitive function persist, however, it may be a sign of a more serious medical condition.
An estimated 250,000 Americans suffer from the devastating effects of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Categorized by a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s prior to the age of 65, many people who are eventually diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s began noticing symptoms in their 40s and 50s.
Oftentimes, individuals impacted still have children living at home and may be busy caring for elderly parents. Individuals who notice they or a loved one begins to exhibit certain symptoms that are out of character would be wise to seek the advice of a medical professional.
Individuals with early-onset Alzheimer’s often have difficulty with memory and judgement. Those impacted may become more withdrawn and exhibit noticeable changes in mood or personality. Additionally, sufferers often seem confused or seem overwhelmed or frustrated by simple everyday tasks.
A 63-year-old former CBS news correspondent recently passed away from complications associated with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Her husband bravely chronicled his family’s struggle to come to terms with the disease that eventually claimed the life of his wife. This family’s story is that of many across the country who are forced to deal with the devastating and debilitating mental disorder and often require long-term care and assistence.
Source: CBS Sunday Morning, “Former CBS News correspondent Jan Petersen dies at age 63,” David Morgan, May 13, 2013