3 Early Warning Signs of Dementia You Could See in a Younger Person

Doctors are becoming better at catching and diagnosing dementia in patients with the help of these red flags.

Dementia is being diagnosed in people at younger and younger ages. Neuroscientist Lisa Mosconi says it's because they're getting better at catching the early symptoms in young people, and that they should start talking about it with patients in their 30s and 40s. Here are three early warning signs of dementia.



Apathy

A person lies on a couch.

A recent study found people with severe apathy were 80% more likely to develop dementia later in life. Apathy can manifest as losing interest in the things that used to bring you joy, like hobbies or spending time with friends.

Here's Dr. Oz's Mom's Regimen for Fighting Her Alzheimer's

Here are the tools she uses to help manage the progression of the disease.

Personal photos courtesy of Dr.Oz

When Dr. Oz found out in September 2019 that his mom, Suna, then 81, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he was gutted. He wondered how he missed the signs and what he could do next. Like so many caregivers, he had to recognize that his mom was not going to get better. But he also knew that he wasn't alone: There is an Alzheimer's diagnosis every 65 seconds.

Dr. Oz immediately contacted his friends and colleagues and crafted a treatment plan with two of the country's top experts in the field: Richard S. Isaacson, MD, a neurologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the founder of the Alzheimer's Prevention Clinic, and Dr. Rudy Tanzi, a professor of neurology at Harvard and the founder of the "Alzheimer's Genome Project," who co-discovered the first Alzheimer's gene.

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