2. Only the Elderly Get Alzheimer’s
While it’s true that the majority of patients with Alzheimer’s are aged 65-and older, it can occur at a younger age as well, according to WebMD. In fact, the source notes about 5-percent of patients get the disease between their 30’s and 50’s, which is called early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Those who get the disease in midlife may not be diagnosed as quickly because doctors don’t expect it as much in middle-aged patients, notes the source, adding doctors commonly associate memory loss with stress earlier in life. The risk of developing early-onset Alzheimer’s may have genetic links, it adds.