While the overwhelming proportion of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's is among the elderly, hundreds of thousands could develop the condition in their 40s and 50s, statistics show.
To help these individuals more effectively live with the disease, the Alzheimer's Association has published a booklet with a variety of recommendations that can help people cope with it in the best way possible.
As with life in general, people with early onset Alzheimer's should be prepared to have varying emotions on a regular basis. Some occasions, they may feel completely normal, while other times, their symptoms may be quite evident. The Association indicates that while this may lead to feeling a range of emotions, it is not outside the norm.
Something else the Association recommends people with an early onset diagnosis to do is not keep the condition a secret from their friends. It often proves to be cathartic for individuals to share what it is their feeling so that others become aware of what the condition is like, and help them better understand the disease and its effects.
One of the best ways to keep symptoms from flaring is becoming active as an advocate for a particular cause, such as Alzheimer's research. Individuals should also employ tactics that will help slow the progression of the disease. This includes staying active in talking with friends and family.
It's also a good idea to look over one's household and take steps to ensure that their home is a safe place, the Association notes. Additionally, researching residential care programs in advance and sharing this information with family and friends is advised.