You're middle-aged. Maybe you're nearing menopause (or andropause). Maybe you're not even quite there yet. But you're getting older and you realize that something is off. You're more forgetful than you used to be. Your attention span is shorter. The work that once came so easily to you is more difficult to complete. You're still young but you attribute these effects to aging. The symptoms may be signs of aging, but they may be signs of something that can happen as a result of aging: Alzheimer's. You don't have to be pushing a century in age to start experiencing this devastating disease. You don't even have to be old enough to qualify for a reverse mortgage. You could be in your fifties and begin to see the effects of Alzheimer's creeping in to your life. This is particualrly true if you come from a family with a history of Alzheimer's. If relatives on both sides of your family tree suffered from the disease, you might want to keep an eye out for the symptoms. If you begin to notice them, you may consider getting a brain scan to see if you do indeed have Alzheimer's. Catching Alzheimer's early won't help you avoid the effects of the disease. There is no cure for this problem. But you'll be able to prepare your life for coping with it. You can set important matters in order, make decisions about your future care and assist your family in understanding what is going to happen in the years to come. These things will mitigate the damages and assist you in living a more full life in spite of the disease.