I have been diagnosed with a dementia. Does this mean that my children will get it?
At this time scientists have not clarified the cause of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Over the years scientists have focused on many possible causes including the environment, other diseases like viruses, and genetics. At this time they know that genes do play a role in this disease but fewer than 7% of the cases are associated with this genetic link. At this time there is also no way of testing for a genetic link. Prevention is the most important aspect of life, and we encourage everyone to adopt a healthy lifestyle or make changes to your lifestyle now in prevention of any disease that may affect you in the future and as you age.