Early On Set Dementia and its effects

IAS News 22 April 2013 | 4 Comments

Did you know that 1 in every 1000 person below the age of 65 will develop dementia? Usually thought of as a disease that only affects those who are over this age, it is possible to start to show signs in some people in the 40’s and 50’s. This phenomenon is known as early onset dementia. While the signs and symptoms may be the same as those who are over the age of 65 there are of course differing consequences as a result of the diagnosis.

Still being in work, having dependents living at home, financial commitments (mortgages, loans, credit cards), being more aware of the signs and symptoms in earlier stages, difficulties in accepting and learning to cope with the loss of certain taken for granted skills, and also have difficulties in finding information, support and services. All of these are considerations that aren’t necessarily part of daily life for those over the age of 65, and make the process of adapting to the changes that having dementia can often demand difficult.

As with those over the age of 65 with dementia there are many different types, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form. Usually there will be some form of genetic factor in those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease before the age of 65. Vascular dementia affects about 20% of the younger people with dementia. Fronto-temporal dementia is more common in those with early onset dementia with 12%, and again usually there is a family history of suffering from it. Alcohol related brain impairment – AKA Korsakoff’s syndrome – affects about 10% of people suffering from early onset dementia. Another 10% suffer from dementia with Lewy bodies which is a build-up of protein deposits in the brain. Finally about 20% have a rare form of the disease, which is a higher occurrence than in older people. This can be set off by other conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

The lack of awareness about dementia affecting younger people can often lead to diagnosis of depression, having difficulties with relationships, stress or the onset of menopause. Having people notice that the person seemed different is often the first sign, or mistakes are being made that doesn’t fit with their usual ways. Younger people have different needs to be taken into consideration when treatment is looked into. Often there is no specific place for them to go and they are left in a kind of limbo. Any specialist centers for dementia may only be geared towards the elderly patients and the activities may not be suitable for those younger.

As with any form of dementia the underlying reason for the disease is the same, with appearances of amyloid plaques in the brain. Researchers have been looking into treatments that would normalize these levels. Being able to diagnose early onset dementia will allow for plenty of time for treatment to manage the conditions and allow those suffering to look into the future and make plans for treatment in later life.

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4 Responses on “Early On Set Dementia and its effects”

  1. Jenni says:

    After watching my grandmother suffer through dementia until her passing this year, it’s pretty to scary to think that someone under 65 could experience such an awful disease. Awareness is key to early detection so I appreciate you spreading the knowledge. Hopefully the scientific community can develop new methods of prevention.

  2. Gary says:

    This is an incredibly sad disease. Our next door neighbor is in the early stages of it and its so sad to watch and see even by the day now how he is going downhill.. I think the sad thing is, is when they start not recognizing people an places around them and start getting really confused.

  3. Kathy says:

    I think IAS has this problem. They don’t respond to stimulus (emails or multiple usa and international UK phone calls) and are shipping my purchase to an address not in my account file. There’s nothing i can do about it but sit back and watch.

    • IAS says:

      Sorry to hear you are unable to contact us. I have checked your customer account, and you have now had a reship sent to the correct address. This should now arrive in the next 7-10 working days. We apologize for the error made regarding the shipping address, this happens very rarely and we are always willing to reship any that we send to incorrect addresses when we have made an error. Once again apologies for the error.

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