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Alzheimer's Disease

Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease

09/14/2003

Question:

What is the percentage of people aged 30 to 50 who have Alzheimer`s Disease?

Answer:

I am not able to find the percentage of people between 30 to 50, specifically. However, there are approximately 200,000 or 5% of the population with early-onset Alzheimers Dementia, which is considered to be under the age of 60. The term early onset dementia usually refers to those people under the age of 60 with any form of dementia. Alzheimers in younger people is much less common than that occurring in those older than 60 and for that reason it can be difficult to diagnose. Dementia has been diagnosed in people as early as those in their 30s. As with those over 60, the diagnostic evaluation would include a detailed medical history with the patient and someone who lives with the patient. Other testing would include a physical and neurological assessment, laboratory tests and neuropsychological testing. A complete medical and psychological exam may identify a condition that is causing the symptoms that is treatable, or confirm the presence of dementia. The younger adult also has some different needs than the older adult if they have dementia, since they are generally in the work force, raising and supporting a family and are physically healthy. This brings problems associated with financial loss, future plans with their spouse plus children who have to cope with growing up and having an ill parent. 

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Response by:

Paula K Ogrocki, PhD Paula K Ogrocki, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University

Karen J Long, MSN, CRNP
Nurse Practitioner
Case Western Reserve University