First Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease Vary By Age

Alzheimer's Researchers Seek Out Younger Trial Participants
Alzheimer’s Researchers Seek Out Younger Trial Participants
Memory problems much more common in patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's at an older age.

The symptoms presented by patients newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) vary with age, with younger patients less likely to have initial memory problems, research shows.

Instead, these patients often presented with symptoms such as trouble with visuospatial function, report Josephine Barnes (National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, United Kingdom) and co-workers.

They note that the 2011 US National Institute on Aging–Alzheimer’s Association workgroups guidelines acknowledge that AD patients can present without initial memory problems, and include behavioral symptoms in the diagnostic criteria.

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