23-Year-Old Man Is Believed To Be The Youngest Person In The UK To Be Diagnosed With Dementia
A young man in his early 20s is believed to be the youngest person ever in the UK to be diagnosed with dementia.
"I am incredibly unlucky"
23-year-old Jordan Adams inherited the disease from his mother, reports say. Doctors believe that even though he does not show any signs and symptoms right now, he would lose the ability to walk, talk and eat by himself at any moment.
In addition, he could also pass away in his 50s, much like his mother, Geri who died at 52.
Jordan was given this heartbreaking news a few weeks ago. He was told that chances are high that he could develop early onset frontotemporal dementia and Parkinson’s Disease.
Describing himself as "incredibly unlucky," Jordan explained that he was devastated when he received the news. "Nobody can prepare you for that."
Jordan was tested positive for the gene when he and his sister, Kennedy, decided to get themselves checked following their mother's six-year deterioration. While caring for their mom, Jordan saw first-hand the way the disease could take its toll on a person.
He is now planning to have his sperm screened for the gene so he and his 21-year-old girlfriend Lucy Thomas can start a family before his symptoms develop.
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What causes early-onset dementia?
There are a number of reasons why a person may develop dementia at a very young age. According to Alzheimer's org, when this disease is presented in young people, initial symptoms are not usually related to memory loss, as with older people. The most common symptoms are vision, decision-making, and behavior problems.
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Like Jordan, young-onset dementia may occur when there is an inheritance of the disease from one generation to the next. This is referred to as familial Alzheimer's disease and is caused by rare mutations in three genes.
The symptoms often start when the person is in their 30s or 40s. However, it's quite rare and accounts for 1% of Alzheimer’s disease when all ages, young or old, are considered.
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Other types of young-onset dementia include;
- Alzheimer’s disease (this is one of the most common types of early-onset dementia);
- Vascular dementia (can be caused by a stroke);
- Frontotemporal dementia (one of the most aggressive variety);
- Auto-immune dementia (it manifests in fluctuating changes in behaviors).
Some early symptoms of young-onset dementia
Changes in moods
It may be hard for a person to notice this in themselves, but others may notice subtle changes in mood and personality. Depression, for instance, is one of the symptoms of young-onset dementia.
Issues with short-term memory
A person may forget where they left an item or even why they went into a particular room.
A person in the early stages of dementia may have difficulties remembering names, faces, and may even have trouble with finding the right words to express themselves.
People with YOD may feel disinterested in things they usually enjoy. They may not want to hang out with loved ones or even go out and have fun.
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Problems with following directions
One of the earliest signs of dementia is the inability to remember landmarks or forgetting regularly-followed routes.
Sometimes, the patient may repeat a question over and over or repeat daily due to memory loss.
It's a good idea to see a doctor if you notice these symptoms in yourself or others.
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