The earliest recorded cases of Alzheimer’s disease were of people aged 30. Such people have an early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. It is the rarest type of Alzheimer’s disease that targets people of age between 30 to mid-60. Most people with Alzheimer’s disease have late onset in which symptoms occur after the age of 65.
Early onset of Alzheimer’s disease occurs due to genetic risk. These people have a copy of a dominant mutated gene that is passed down from parent to child.
Many people confuse mild cognitive impairment with the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. As the symptoms may not interfere with the daily routine, people with signs and symptoms never get to know if they have Alzheimer’s disease. The mild cognitive impairment does not confirm Alzheimer’s disease but keeps elderly people at a higher risk.
Besides this, even if someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, they may not opt for proper treatment because of social stigma and monetary expense. People with conditions or their families may experience consequences such as financial burden or judgement that can result in isolation and depression. These are a few reasons that explain the lack of information of the earliest case of Alzheimer’s disease.
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