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Early & Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s

Early & Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Disease can be a daunting diagnosis, especially if it comes before it typically should. Younger-onset Alzheimer’s affects those under 65 years old. While individuals with this diagnosis can live life to the fullest, their best course of action is to become educated on the changes they will need to make to accommodate a new set of challenges. “The majority of people with younger-onset have sporadic Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of Alzheimer’s and is not attributed to genetics....However, researchers know genetics play a role in Alzheimer’s. There are risk genes, which increase the likelihood of developing a disease, but do not guarantee it will happen. There are deterministic genes that directly cause a disease, guaranteeing that anyone who inherits them will develop the disorder. Like many people with younger-onset Alzheimer’s, receiving an accurate diagnosis may have been difficult. Age or medical history can cause doctors to overlook or rule out Alzheimer’s disease. It’s also not uncommon to be told your symptoms may be related to stress, menopause or depression.” Becoming educated about the unique challenges faced with this disease is the beginning of the process. The most common issues experienced with younger-onset Alzheimer’s are: Being a parent to a younger child, The financial and legal aspects of the future, and a change in family dynamic if this person is the sole or primary provider. PMN: ProMIS Neurosciences is a development stage biotech company that discovers and develops game changing precision therapeutics for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, in particular Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ProMIS has recently released some exciting news about their upcoming research. To learn more, join their investor group here.   Source: http://www.alz.org/i-have-alz/if-you-have-younger-onset-alzheimers.asp

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Laura Garet

Laura is 8020 Connect’s Client Communications & Social Media Specialist. In 2014, She received her Bachelor of Communications in Information Design from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. After a couple brief positions in other marketing roles, Laura has found her home with 8020.




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