Alzheimer’s disease develops when proteins build up in the brain to form structures called ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia in younger people and may affect around a third of younger people with dementia.
The first symptoms are usually problems with vision (in posterior cortical atrophy), speech (in logopenic aphasia) or planning, decision-making and behaviour (in frontal variant Alzheimer’s disease) among 1/3 of teens.
Early onset (or young onset) dementia occurs before the age of 65.
These are 9 primary factors that might lead to Dementia.
- Alcohol intoxication
- Use of antipsychotic drugs
- Drug abuse
- A father with dementia
- Poor mental function as a teen
- Being short
- Having high blood pressure
- Traumatic brain injury among young veterans
Alcohol abuse is the most important risk factor found in the study. Taken together, these accounted for 68 percent of the cases of young-onset dementia