The prevalence of dementia rises steeply with age, doubling every 4-5 years from the age of 60, resulting in more than one-third of individuals over 80 becoming likely to develop a dementia. It’s important to know the signs of Alzheimer’s, as early diagnosis gives you the opportunity to seek treatment and plan for the future.
Early Alzheimer’s represents a transitional period before the proper development of Alzheimer’s Disease. With time, most individuals showing signs of Early Alzheimer’s will eventually develop dementia. Those afflicted by Early Stage Alzheimer’s may experience one or more signs or symptoms in varying degrees. Every individual is different, if you notice any symptoms, visiting a doctor when questioning the presence of Early Alzheimer’s is extremely important.
For the early detection of Alzheimer’s, diagnostics must be sensitive to the earliest changes found in Alzheimer’s Disease, but should be able to differentiate between early Alzheimer’s, normal aging, organic brain disorders that cause memory loss, and mimics of early dementia including depression. For this reason, it is important to get a doctor’s opinion when questioning the presence of Early Alzheimer’s, a self-diagnosis can easily be wrong as symptoms could be misinterpreted without further testing. Much work is still required to clarify with greater accuracy and precision the transition between healthy aging and the first manifestations of Alzheimer’s Disease. By taking initiative and seeing a doctor after recognizing one or more of the signs listed, you can help further the understanding of what defines Early Alzheimer’s.