In addition to his role as founder of Another8, a recruiting firm that partners with technology companies in the Bay Area, Scott Robarge helps to support those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative illness that affects millions of people and their families. Scott Robarge supports the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association, a nationwide group that informs and educates the public about this illness and how to cope with it.
While Alzheimer’s disease is traditionally thought of as an affliction that only affects the elderly, in reality about 5 percent of those diagnosed with the disease are still in their 40s and 50s. Diagnosis can be challenging, however; because few people expect those under 65 to contract the disease, signs of Alzheimer’s in this age range are often missed. Many doctors will conclude that problems with memory or focus are the result of stress, rather than neurological illness. Those with persistent memory problems should contact a doctor with extensive experience with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases to undergo cognitive tests and a medical exam.