The average Alzheimer’s patient is not “Still Alice,” the 50-something linguistics expert from the Academy Award-winning movie who faces a devastating diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The average Alzheimer’s patient is in her late 70s, whose disease comes on more slowly than depicted in that film, says George Perry, Ph.D., dean of the College of Sciences at the University of Texas San Antonio and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Still there are certain people who get early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease; in the U.S., about 200,000 people have it. How can you tell if you’re among them? There can be surprising symptoms that warn of its development—and they don’t all involve memory problems.