Dr. Eric Reiman shares if a woman is at risk if she has a parent with Alzheimer's.
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We follow a lot of healthy volunteers who have a parent with Alzheimer’s disease and they naturally worry about what their risk of developing Alzheimer’s maybe. I commonly suggest a little bit over simplistically, I begin by asking how old was their parent when they developed memory and thinking problems and if they tell me their parent was over 70 when they developed memory and thinking problems, I tell them that the answer is good news and bad news. The good news is that if you have a parent who developed Alzheimer’s after the age of 70, you do have an increased risk but probably not as great an increase as you might expect. The bad news is that Alzheimer’s affects 10% of everyone over the age of 65 and over a half of people, almost half of people over the age of 85. So, we’re all in this together in terms of our risk. And it is my hope that researchers will accelerate the evaluation of prevention therapies so that many people who have a parent with Alzheimer’s disease we can find those treatments to reduce the risk before they reach the age of which they might develop symptoms.
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