First of all, people can often hide symptoms, particularly people with a lot of education, but many others can cover the symptoms, also.
Has the physician checked her B-12 levels? Low vitamin B-12 can cause dementia symptoms. Also, medication reactions or interactions can do the same. She may want a second opinion, just in case there is another reason for her symptoms.
That being said, younger people like her do get Alzheimer's. It's a lonely thing for them, because as you've seen, there isn't as much support.
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I am so sorry that your aunt has AD. It may be early onset Alzheimer's which will take shorter years like 5 years to survive.
Did she seek for a second opinion? Also head injury and some drugs such as Benadryl can hurt the nerves to the brain and make it worse. I guess the doctors must have looked at all angles.
About her hiding the problem; I think it is natural that she does not want to acknowledge that she has memory problem. At times, it is embarrassing for her to admit her memory loss. My father-in-law who has late Alzheimers (90 years old) at times does not admit the problem. They are in the middle of such disease and they tend to forget the problems. She may not be aware of it.
This is common.
I think the best thing to do now is to find a best way to take care of her as she will lose her abilities real soon.
Alzheimer's disease can strike early, such as with your aunt, and when it is before the age of 65 it is then referred to as "young onset." Being a rare form, the statistic prevalence of young onset varies from 6% to 10% of all cases of Alzheimer's disease. Young onset Alzheimer's disease is linked to three different genes from the apo-E gene, which can increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease. The causative factors of the illness are still not clearly understood. What can make young onset especially hard for families is that the person with this illness may still be working, managing a home, raising children, etc. These two issues can be complex and complicated to deal with, and I encourage you and your family to reach out for support and assistance.
Attending a support group is an excellent way of coping with this difficult process. There you will meet other individuals who may be experiencing the same thing, and who can help you manage your expectations while offering a safe place to express your feelings and thoughts. To locate a support group in your area, please contact the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at (866) 232-8484.
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