Dementia: Not a Normal Part of Aging, Pt. 3

Alzheimer's Dementia

By Diane Cummins on June 1, 2023

Since June celebrates Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, Golden Apple’s June

blog post will focus on Alzheimer’s dementia and its affects on the brain. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of dementia cases (Alzheimer’s Association). Despite this, the development of Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging.

Early Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's causes changes in a person’s brain that result in a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning ability. The Alzheimer’s Association has outlined 10 warning signs and symptoms that could indicate possible Alzheimer’s. If you notice any of them, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Do not ignore them.

Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease most commonly affects older adults, but it can affect people in their 30s or 40s. When Alzheimer's disease occurs in someone under age 65, it is known as early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. About 5% to 6% of people with Alzheimer's disease develop symptoms before age 65. Roughly 6 million Americans have Alzheimer's, so roughly 300,000 to 360,000 people have the early-onset form of the disease (Mayo Clinic Staff, n.d.). Most of them are in their 40s and 50s when they begin showing symptoms. Most people with early-onset Alzheimer's have symptoms that closely mirror the more common form of the disease.

There are two categories of early-onset Alzheimer’s:

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. For both the common form and the early-onset form, early and accurate diagnosis is crucial to receiving the best treatments and promoting the highest quality of life. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the 10 warning signs outlined above, please seek guidance from your primary care physician. 

Helpful Resources for Alzheimer’s Disease:


 “10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's.” Alzheimer’s Association. (n.d.)

Mayo Clinic Staff. (n.d.) Young-onset Alzheimer's: When symptoms begin before age 65.

 “What is Alzheimer’s Disease?” Alzheimer’s Association. (n.d.)