If you’ve read any of my posts, you probably know that I was diagnosed with Ealy Onset Alzheimer’s about 3 years ago. I was very aware that something was wrong way before that, but I had no clue what it was. I believed it was just normal signs of aging, even though I was in my early 50’s at the time. At least that’s when I think it started. Additionally, most of my friends in the same age bracket also had slight forgetfulness, and we laughed at these minute signs of forgetting. The minor issues were very subtle, but knowing this condition ran in the family, I was worried deep down inside that ‘something’ wasn’t quite right.
Even though the issues were minor, the issue of ‘remembering minor things’ became problematic. No, let me change that: in reality, it was an annoying problem. Working as a consultant when you always have to sharp of mind to learn and work quickly. These little glitches in my memory had an impact on my jobs. So I started searching for medical assistance because I didn’t know what else to do. I started with my regular doctor and went from doctor to doctor, from Medical to Psychologist to Psychiatrist. Every doctor had an answer, usually totally unrelated to what I thought was the problem. They had answers based on their field, but nothing anyone suggested caused any improvement. I just didn’t know where to look or who to talk to.
So, my Doctor Diagnosis Journey. The biggest issue was every doctor I spoke to thought it was ‘normal’ aging too! So they didn’t dig down any further, because they said I was not yet 65. If you are under the age of 65, you may not get the attention you need if you are having trouble with remembering. They said it was too early – I was too young, so I ignored it. But deep down inside I knew. So, I went from doctor to doctor to verify that there was ‘really nothing’ wrong with me and confirm that it was just regular aging.
The Problem Begins With Doctors
Long story short, that was years ago, but I’ve since run into people who were having the same issues. I’ve heard similar stories from others. The problem is, if we’re not doctors or know someone who’ll talk to us about Alzheimer’s, we spend years wondering, frightened, confused, and/or depressed.
Remember, most people think that Alzheimer’s is ONLY for the elderly, but that depends on ‘who’ defines the word elderly. Most people think after 50. Medically it is defined after 65. Not sure if that’s a legit definition. I was over 50+ and the definition for Alzheimer’s was 15 years away, but my symptoms were related to Early Onset i.e., Mild Cognitive Decline and Short Term Memory Loss.
Anyway, I found a fabulous article that can help you or someone you suspect has early memory problems or dementia. It’s a quiz that you might find interesting. This article comes from the AARP Organization and will tell you some of the differences between normal memory and Early Onset Alzheimer’s. Check it out and if you have any questions, feel free to leave me a message or write something in the comments section and we can chat. You can also reach me on Facebook