Alzheimer Hot Line
Open 24 Hours a Day
EARLY ONSET ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE - EOAD
Alzheimer's Disease is always thought of as a disease of the elderly. The picture is one of a frail, grandmother/grandfather in their 80's whose memory fails, and they are eventually relegated to Nursing Home Care.
Even the public perception of Alzheimer's Disease and the elderly is not accurate, but this section will not address that issue. This section is entirely devoted to Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease, which is defined as Alzheimer's Disease that strikes people younger than age 65. These people are often in the prime of their financial and personal lives. They are working at a job that usually has medical insurance attached to it; they are raising children; they are active members of their community, and suddenly, their lives are instantly changed with the diagnosis - Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease. They are no longer able to work. They lose not only their jobs, but their health insurance. They are no longer elibible for either life insurance or long-term insurance.
Their spouses are burdened with a financial and emotional nightmare. They are trying to pick up the slack of the lost income; trying to cope with their spouses failing abilities and memory; trying to deal with raising their children AND helping them through the trauma of watching their father or mother's declining cognition, abilities, comprehension, and memory, AND they are trying to cope with their own burden of caregiving and emotional devastation of a lost future.
See Below for articles, videos, and information related to Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease.
ATTENTION YOUNGER SPOUSES DEALING WITH EOAD AND CHILDREN AT HOME - PLEASE READ THIS ARTICLE AND VIEW VIDEO ABOUT THE COMPLETION OF THE FIRST SUMMER FOR TRACY MOBLEY'S "CAMP BUILDING BRIDGES" FOR CHILDREN OF ALZHEIMER PATIENTS - CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE; CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
VOICES OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE - A summary report on the Nationwide Town Hall Meetings for People with Early Stage Dementia.
Early-onset Alzheimer's: When symptoms begin before 65 - Mayo Clinic
Our Reader - Tony Pesare -A super-father's day, as he raises 3 kids while wife battles Alzheimer's - Orlando Sentinal
Living with EOAD - the story of the Rodriguez family by WPTV news anchor Jim Sackett
Sufferers of Early Onset Alzheimer's Describe Life with the Disease - Jim Lerher - PBS - See video below
Too Young for Alzheimer's - by Joe Wolfcale
CLICK HERE to watch Tony Pesare's FOX News interview to raise awareness of EOAD.
CLICK HERE to view "Family Struggles with Early Alzheimer's
CLICK HERE to view CBS video highlighting the EOAD story of one of our readers.
CLICK HERE for PBS video from Jim Lerher article above- "Sufferers of Early Onset Alzheimer's Describe Life with the Disease
©Copyright 2008 Joan Gershman
The material included on this website contains general information intended as information only. This site is not intended to provide personal, professional, medical, or psychological advice, and should not be relied upon to govern behavior in any certain or particular circumstances. The opinions in the blogs are solely those of the owner of the website. The opinions on the message boards are not necessarily endorsed by the owner of this website, and are the opinions of those persons writing the messages. All material on this web site is for demonstration and informational purposes only.
The Alzheimer Spouse LLC 2009 All Rights Reserved