Young-onset Alzheimer’s disease is the term used to class anyone under the age of 65 who suffers from the condition. While it’s very rare for people under the age of 65 to develop Alzheimer’s, it isn’t unheard of.
Fifty-six-year-old Earl Warren from Toronto, Ontario was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer’s disease three years ago, although he suspects he has been living with the disease for much longer. The diagnosis has devasted the former General Motors worker and his wife, Joni.
The couple had planned to travel extensively when they both retired from the car manufacturer and had even bought a truck and trailer so they could travel across Canada. Last year Earl had his driving license revoked so the trailer lies dormant in storage and their dreams in tatters.
Earl says that he felt as though he’d been given a death sentence and worries he won’t be able to see his children, and grandchildren grow up. Joni, who also worked at General Motors, has had to take early retirement so she can look after her husband who is unfit to work. Read more about the Warrens’ story in the St. Catherines Standard.
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