Re: New member, five cases in family
Your brother has it and so did your father and some of his siblings. OK. You have some of the genes from your father, and some from your mother. Maybe your particular set of genes will make it impossible for you to get Alzheimers. If you did have a genetic disposition towards it, you could still prevent it by living a healthy life, as you already do, and not worrying about it too much.
Think of it this way - you are fine right now. It takes quite a while to develop; my Mom started showing symptoms quite a few years ago, as many as 8 to 10 years in my opinion. My Uncle got it late in life also, in his late eighties. At 67 I feel way too young to worry about it.
I feel if there is a gene that I have, it will still be a long time before it begins to show up .. AND ..this is the good news - so much research is being done that by the time it hits you or me, there will be a drug that keeps it from getting worse. I am firmly convinced of this, and live my life as if there were no such thing as AD.
I hope you too can just put it out of your mind and enjoy life. A positive attitude helps. Of course seeing my mother deteriorating the way she is makes it hard on me, but I do not identify with her or consider every little episode of forgetfuness to be immanent dementia.
It is good to get such fears off your chest, but please try to relax, and just assume that you will never get it.
Love and prayers,
Last edited by Martha H; 10-16-2006 at 06:21 PM.