Having Senior Moments and you’re not yet a senior?
Although Alzheimer’s patients are usually over age 65, the disease can affect people younger, in their 50s, 40s or (although rarely) in their 30s. This is called Younger Onset Alzheimer’s, or early-onset. Many times we see what we call “the worried well.” That means we all have concerns about memory; many of the simple challenges with memory are associated with sleep problems or stress. If you think you’re experiencing significant changes in memory, follow these 4 steps:
1) Make a list of symptoms and check for trends. Are you noticing problems with focus in the morning more than the afternoon? Are you fine if you eat breakfast? Are you distracted driving home on days when you haven’t had enough water?
2) Consider if your symptoms may be related to depression, any family history of thyroid disorder or vitamin deficiencies.
3) Call your doctor and report the symptoms. Be specific and discuss the trends you’ve noticed.
4) Deal with what you KNOW. Take on only one thing at a time. If the doctor feels it might be younger onset dementia, know that there is lots of help out there. Download our resource list for Younger Onset memory problems.
Web resources for Younger Onset Memory Disorders