Guest Post: Is Dementia / Alzheimer’s Hereditary?

By Luz Jaramillo

If one of my parents or relatives has dementia, will I have it too? For over 20 years working with the dementia population in assisted living facilities, I have noticed that the biggest concern of the children of a family member diagnosed with dementia / Alzheimer’s is if the disease is inherited.

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Even though it was difficult for them to see their parents decline, family members were very concerned with the fact that it’s possible that when they are older, they may end up in the same situation as their relatives, suffering from dementia/Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that when you have someone in your family with a chronic disease, such as diabetes, attention deficit disorder, high blood pressure, obesity, or poor diet, it’s a big probability that you may also end up with the same condition due to your family genes.

You May be at Risk for Developing Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
Unfortunately, if you have a family member with severe memory challenges, such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, you have a higher risk for memory problems. Those who have a parent or sibling with memory issues are 3.5 times more likely to develop similar symptoms.* Genetic testing is suggested if this is the case.  

No matter how old you are, it’s time to consider making your memory a priority, especially if you have a family history. No matter how old you are, it’s time to consider making your memory a priority, especially if you have a family history.  With proper prevention and care, you can lessen your chances of ending up with the same condition your family member is suffering from;...(Read more.)

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