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hi my name is Bethany and I am 19. My Nana is suffering from alzheimers and I am scared in case I am at risk to it is this possible?
I have watched my strongest person crumble and fall apart, forget everything and everyone and it scares me to think I could end up this way
You have your whole life to live and enjoy - please don't spend it worrying about what may or may not happen in the future, live your life for today, be there for your Nanna and your parents and talk to them when you get upset about your Nanna. They will understand and you don't have to bottle it up inside you.
We none of us know what the future will bring for any of us so just enjoy being you and if at some point in the distant future you do get it, you will have a life full of happy memories which you will remember and you never know, they may even have a cure for it.
Love n hugs
I'm not an expert on Alhzeimers but i can understand your being scared you might have early-onset dementia or be carrying the gene for it. There is a blood test that can be done to test for this, but what also needs to be taken into account is whether there is any history of stroke in your family and if so at what age.
I'm 56, had my stroke six years ago followed by TIA's (mini-strokes) in December 2010 and November 2011; had the blood test taken in Nov 11 and although the results do take a long time to come through I'm pleased to announce that I don't carry the gene!
If you have any doubt about Alhzeimers, your nan's health or anything connected to either, then may I suggest you have a talk with your GP for advice; he/she should be able to come up with useful information and put your mind at ease.