About Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease
What is early-onset Alzheimer’s disease?
- Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (also known as young-onset Alzheimer’s disease/early-onset neurocognitive disorder) is a term for a form of Alzheimer’s disease that occurs in people under the age of 65. Although a number of “EOAD” patients present with progressive memory loss, there is also a high percentage of early-onset AD variants (vEOAD) that present with difficulties in language, visuospatial abilities, or other cognitive issues.
What are possible symptoms?
- Disruptive memory loss throughout daily life/activities
- Difficulty in performing familiar tasks
- Difficulty in planning and/or problem solving
- Confusion with dates, times, or places
- Trouble with location relations (spatial relation difficulties)
- Word problems (speaking and/or writing)
- Trouble with decision making (issues with judgment; relying on others to make decisions)
- Social withdrawal (including work and social situations)
- Difficulty initiating activities)
- Changes in mood and personality)
What do I do if my loved one exhibits some of the above symptoms?
- Visit a neurologist for an evaluation and share your observations.
- He or she will probably recommend:
- Blood tests to rule out other causes of cognitive changes
- Brain imaging
- An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan will look for changes in the size or structure of different parts of the brain
- A PET (positron-emission tomography) scan will look for changes in the activity of different parts of the brain.
- Once these evaluations are completed, you may request a referral from this neurologist to the UCLA & Neurobehavior Clinic.
- Records of blood tests, neurological evaluation, and brain imaging must be sent to the Nurse Practioner and Clinic Coordinator, Jill Shapira.
- The records will be reviewed and you will be contacted for more information, if necessary.
- If the records and referral are appropriate for our program, the Clinic Coordinator will contact you to schedule an initial evaluation.
Where can I learn more about EAOD?