Is Alzheimer's Hereditary?
While there is a form of familial Alzheimer’s, known as early onset familial Alzheimer’s disease, it is extremely rare, accounting for less than 5 percent of cases. Alzheimer’s affects close to 6 percent of people 65 years and older. People with a family history of dementia or Alzheimer’s face a higher risk of developing the disease, but only if they have particular risk genes already.
In those cases where memory loss is due to dementia or Alzheimer’s, it’s important to understand next steps and when to seek professional help. ComfortCare Homes recommends a full evaluation by a family doctor to determine current needs.
For more information, including a guide on the difference between Alzheimer’s and normal memory loss, please browse our website, or call to schedule a consultation.