2. Symptoms Mirror Traditional Alzheimer’s
Psychiatry professors and Alzheimer’s disease researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine look for very similar symptoms in early-onset Alzheimer’s patients and traditional Alzheimer’s disease patients—such as misplacing objects, memory loss that affects daily life, decline in problem-solving skills, confusing times and places, difficulty performing normal daily tasks, forgetting words, trouble communicating and understanding others, poor judgment, mood swings, and social withdrawal.
However, because patients and their family members don’t often look for or recognize Alzheimer’s symptoms in younger patients, the disease is often diagnosed more slowly. Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine approximate that it takes an average of 6-months to identify most early-onset patients or for patients and family to identify a health issue (i.e., memory loss) and bring it to the attention of a family doctor.