Early Onset Alzheimer's Articles

  • Early Onset Alzheimer's: A Story of Love and Loss

    Dealing with Mom's early-onset Alzheimer's diagnosis I learned to live in Mom’s world because she cannot live in mine. This is a glimpse into my ongoing journey with Mom and how I have learned to fight back against dementia.

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  • Early-Onset Alzheimer's: When a Caregiver Needs Care

    Alzheimer's disease is not just an ailment of the elderly, it can affect someone as early as their thirties. Knowing the common signs and symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer's can help you and your family prepare for what's ahead.

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  • Will I inherit Alzheimer's disease if my parent has it?

    When a parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia, children want to know, "Can Alzheimer's disease be inherited?" What causes Alzheimer’s disease isn't fully understood, but some cases of early-onset Alzheimer's called familial AD, are inherited.

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  • What is Familial Alzheimer's Disease?

    Familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD), a form of early-onset Alzheimer’s, is an inherited, rare form of the disease that affects less than 5 percent of Alzheimer’s disease patients.

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  • Saying “No” to Family Drama while Caregiving

    Relationships are often strained when a serious illness and caregiving enter the picture. If your interactions with family members are increasingly stressful and negative, it may be time to stand up for yourself and set some boundaries.

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  • Don't Focus on the Future with Dementia

    We tend to worry about the future way too much, especially when dementia enters the picture. But we have to start focusing on the present if we want to learn how to cope.

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  • One of Those Days with Alzheimer's

    Whenever I do something dumb, it's easy to blame it on my Alzheimer's disease.

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  • We're Invisible in the Medical System, Too

    Men and women in the early stages of Alzheimer's occupy an odd limbo when they encounter medical professionals who don't know how to treat a person who has mild cognitive impairment.

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  • Canine Caregivers Improve the Lives of People with Alzheimer’s Disease

    Specially trained service dogs can reduce anxiety for people with dementia and help them perform day-to-day tasks with greater confidence and less fear.

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  • Rewriting the Rhetoric of Alzheimer's

    As befits a true demon, a diagnosis of this disease comes with a built-in stigma that has the power to dehumanize even the most vivacious person. Research shows that a fear of Alzheimer’s and dementia exceeds the fear of every other type of medical condition except cancer. How do we counteract these stereotypes? In terms of influencing public opinion and changing stigmas, allowing people to discuss their own experiences is the most potent form of transformative storytelling.

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  • Coach Summitt Stays on the Sidelines Despite Early-Onset Alzheimer's

    Pat Summitt, a woman whose coaching career has made her a champion for women's athletics, has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. However, her diagnosis has done nothing to quell her desire to guide her team to future victories.

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  • Documenting Life with Dementia

    Actress Connie Shulman discusses the life-altering impact of learning that her friend had front-temporal dementia , and how important it is to support patients and their families.

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  • Will I Forget You? Dementia and Marriage

    You hear couples tell one another this all the time. We will grow old together and will always be there for each other. But what happens when one partner gets dementia?

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  • What it Really Feels Like to Have Alzheimer’s

    Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., and it cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. One man shares his shares his insights on what it is like to live with this mysterious disease.

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  • How Long can Someone Live with Alzheimer's?

    The average, calculated by the Alzheimer' Association is around 8 to 12 years. Read Dr. Grimaldi's full answer.

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  • Those With Early-Onset Alzheimer's Need a Game Plan Worthy of Pat Summitt

    People in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease often receive a diagnosis and little else. Pat Summitt sets a powerful example in her efforts to prepare herself and her family for an uncertain future.

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