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My Biggest Fear

October 1, 2011
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The Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease

I walk into a room and have no idea why I am there.  My husband says I told you that yesterday.  I buy a new book and by page 5 I realize it is one I have already read.  I run into a woman at the store and can’t remember her name.  I can’t think of the word I am looking for and substitute another.

Is this normal or just the beginning?

My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in her early sixties. I am almost as old as she was when we got her diagnosis and some research says that early onset Alzheimer’s Disease may have a genetic component.

Dad was diagnosed when he was 81.  With both of my parents carrying the diagnosis my fear increases.

I spend hours playing Suduko and working out puzzles.  The value of these brain exercises are questionable but I’ll take whatever I can get. I calm myself by remembering that three of my grandparents and a great grandfather lived well into their nineties without any sign of Alzheimer’s.

Recently I heard that there are tests to determine your risk level for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Do I really want to know?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 13, 2011 3:38 pm

    Nice information, many thanks to the author.

  2. October 14, 2011 12:42 pm

    wow this seems really great do you mind if i share this?

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