Hello, I only registered today. My mother has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the age of 57. I really do not know how to cope with the hideous reality of her diagnosis at such a young age, coupled with the fact that she lives miles away (with her husband) in Australia. I am also now terrfied that this means I am bound to get it. Her mother had some sort of dementia (although in her late 70's which I think was vascular or stroke related). I am getting married next year and we're planning to have a family. This is at the back of my mind all the time. She is now at the stage where she can do nothing round the house, can't go out by herself and is starting to need help with more personal things. I visited her in March pre-diagnosis, when the doctors were still considering depression, but it seemed fairly obvious to me that it was more serious than that. Would like to hear from anyone in a similar boat. Thank you.