Are there family studies or clinical trials to determine if Alzheimer's is hereditary?

3 answers | Last updated: Nov 03, 2016
Nursetiff asked...

I have a family history of Alzheimer's - my paternal great grandmother and my paternal grandfather had Alzheimer's, and now one of my paternal aunts has a rare form of dementia. My grandparents had late onset - diagnosed in their 70's & 80's, but my aunt was only 58 years old when she was diagnosed. Are their any family studies or clinical trials, or help of any kind for families with an extensive history?



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A fellow caregiver answered...

Check out Northwestern University's Medical Brain Center website. They are in the forefront of research...as well as UCLA. My theory is there is a mutant gene strain...more susceptible to females more than males, passed on from generation to generation. This mutant gene may have formed 400-500 years ago..and due to incest or family marriages which was more prevalent back then. Where is the human genome study's on the ALZ potential links?


A fellow caregiver answered...

My mother-in-law developed Alzheimers at 75; my father-in-law started with symptons at 85; my husband who is 61 was just diagnosed with AD last week. I am beside myself with grief. Our children who are 30 and 32 are now very worried about their futures.


A fellow caregiver answered...

I thought there was a test that could be given to see if you carried a particular gene that may make you more susceptible to Alzheimers but doesn't necessarily mean you will get it. My mother's side of the family seems to have a lot of family members that either have or have died with Alzheimers. My mother has dementia and as her caregiver I feel like my memory is going very fast. I don't know if it is the stress or if I am developing symptoms myself, so if there is a test I would like to know. I will fight it every step of the way if I can. My daughter is only 20 so I hate to become a burden on her.