Early Stage "Early-Stage" refers to people, irrespective of age, who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders and are in the beginning stages of the disease. In this stage they retain the ability to participate in daily activities and in a give-and-take dialogue. This includes those persons with "younger-onset" that develop dementia under age 65 and are still in the early stages of the disease.
Younger-onset Younger-onset Alzheimer's, also known as early-onset Alzheimer's, refers to those individuals younger than age 65 who have a diagnosis or Alzheimer's disease — and does not refer to a specific stage of the disease progression. People with younger-onset dementia can be in any stage, early through late. In addition, younger-onset Alzheimer's is already commonly used in many international communities, including Australia and parts of Europe, and there is value in seeking not only to be consistent but also in using this as a better descriptor of the person with the disease.
For further information or questions regarding early stage programming and services, please contact our 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900 or the e-Helpline at GICHelpline@alz.org.