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    Is Alzheimers hereditary ???

    Can anyone say whether this disease is hereditary or not ?

    Can tests be taken ?

    My mother and my uncle both have the disease.
     

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    Only a small percentage of dementias are thought to be genetic.

    There's a factsheet here:

    http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/factsheet/405


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    I'm afraid the answer to this is a resounding "maybe". Some of the early onset varieties of dementia do seem to have a genetic component. On the other hand, perhaps it's environmental causes (things like exposure to something at an early age, or life style patterns) that cause siblings to get the disease. Or possibly none of the above.

    I believe there is genetic screening for one specific AD strain, but that may not be what is in your family (if indeed anything is).
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    Thanks !

    It is very worrying and I'm not sure whether I realy want the answer or not.
    I have no siblings nor family - but it's the idea of dying of this dreadful disease alone that scares me.

    This is a lovely lttle prayer I think .....


    "Dear God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
    Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference."


    Love to all xxx
     

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    Hi,
    Yes I remind myself often of the saying you quote in the circumstances surounding this disease.

    All my mum's siblings had AD. The rest have now passed on leaving my Mum approaching 90 and with very obvious Alzheimers symptons over the last 9 years. Not as far as I know early onset although I now wonder if my mothers anxiety, depression and paranoia symptons which I remember her having from her 50's onwards were the first signs of AD. Is that possible?


    I try to plan for the fact I may develop it but would not want to be tested as long as no cure is available. For myself I worry that if you tested and it is positive it could affect future career and finacial options. There are still things I would like to have the option to do. Better not to know or waste too much time worrying about it until there is a real advantage in a very early diagnosis is my view.

    Another saying which I think about in relation to this.

    Live as though you'll die tomorrow, plan as though you'll live forever. (I hope I have quoted this correctly.)
     

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    Hello

    I do not know if alzheimers run's in a family.

    Ron's mum had it, from the age of 90, she died at 97. Ron's sister had it, she died at 87.
    Now Ron has it, he is 85 this year.
    Old age, maybe ?

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    My understanding has always been that that having relatives with alzheimers only slightly increases your chances of developing alzheimers. But I'm an optomist and have quite enough to worry about. It has been hard to do research on generations as alzheimers diagnosis is relatively new. My grandmother had dementia and dad has alzheimers so I'm definitely going to be keeping and eye on things.

    Pretty sure there is no genetic test available, but would be very interested if someone has heard differently.

    This factsheet may be helpful:

    http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/factsheet/450

    Check the section on Genetics.

    There are some families in which there seems to be a very clear inheritance of dementia from one generation to the next. This is usually in families where the disease appears relatively early in life. Dementia-causing diseases that may be hereditary in some cases include Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's disease and Niemann-Pick disease. However, in the majority of cases the effect of inheritance seems to be small and having a parent or other relative with dementia only makes your own chances of developing it a little higher than if there were no cases of dementia in the family at all.
    Edited: Sorry, also see that Hazel has posted the a link to a more detailed spreadsheet on Genetics and Dementia:
    http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/factsheet/405

    Thanks Hazel! Very interesting reading. Their does seem to be genetic test available (at least for those with more than one family member with early onset) but as the factseet says, not for the feint hearted.

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    Genes

    I would of thought that being a Moderator and having such close contact with Alzheimers sufferers and their families - this is a question you would have an opinion on through experience ??
    One reads in the media that it's to do with the genes etc., but everyone knows this.
     

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    Apologies To Craig

    I'm sorry but for some reason I only saw the bottom of your response - where it says ......

    "None of the moderators and few group members are medical or financial professionals. This forum is not meant to substitute professional medical or financial advice. You MUST consult qualified doctors or specialist for diagnosis, treatment and further advice that is appropriate to you"

    Only now after having read your response in full - I would like to apologise. I've had a very stressful day as am sure you have too.

    Kind regards

    Mary
     

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    No problem at all, easy mistake.

    Just because I have a Moderator status does not mean I work for the society. Just for clarity I am primarily a carer and only work of the society on a volunter basis - no training or money changes hands. All my knowledge has stacked up from personal research, nothing professional. All my comments are based on this research and personal experience.

    My personal opinion, for what it is worth, is that there is likely to be some genetic connection, but frankly I don't want to think about it too much and just get on with my life and caring for my dad.

    Kind Regards
    Craig
     

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    Yes We Worry

    My fathers siblings and his mother and some of her brothers and sisters had AZ/Dementia (known then as senile dementia)

    My Cousins and myself all feel that we are at risk.

    One cousin in Australia has been taking part in some university trials to see if she she is at risk. We shall see how that goes.
     

 

 

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