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Beyond Hollywood: The Reality of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

Julianne Moore certainly earned her Golden Globe, SAG and Academy Award nominations for her heart-wrenching portrayal of Alice Howland, a woman diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 50 in the blockbuster Still Alice. The film follows Alice’s mental decline while educating the general public on a very rare form of the condition that strikes only 5-percent of the population under the age of 65-years-old.

Let’s step beyond the red carpet to examine the often-ignored symptoms of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease…

1. Not Just a Senior Status Condition

You probably think of old people when you hear the word Alzheimer’s Disease. Although rare, roughly 5-percent of the American population is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s prior to age 65—years-old.

The majority of patients diagnosed with early-onset experience telltale symptoms in their 40s and 50s. And any patient diagnosed with the disease before the age of 65-years is considered an “early onset” or “younger onset” patient.

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