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Early onset Alzheimer’s commonly written off as something else

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Claire Schooley tried for several years to get doctors to diagnose what was going on with her husband, David, now 57.

He would ask her the same questions again and again, never remembering the answers. He would grow confused. Two years ago, on a trip to San Jose with their kids, now ages 6 and 12, he drove 60 miles in the wrong direction from their hotel, insisting the whole time he knew where he was going.

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