Whenever we discuss a story about Alzheimer's, a lot of people around the room ask whether their forgetfulness is the beginning of this horrible disease. This is especially true concerning our story tonight, which is about younger people with the disease, and features a man who was diagnosed at age 45.
There is no simple answer to the question, but the Alzheimer's Association does offer a guide to the warning signs. The association's report on the prevalence of the disease in younger people can be seen here. In fact, the association's general Web site is an enormously helpful resource as is the Web site of the National Institute on Aging.