Your children only have a moderately increased risk of getting dementia
Having a parent with dementia can increase your risk of getting dementia compared to someone who does not have a direct relative with dementia. It is still unclear what exactly causes dementia to run in families. At this time, scientists say that genetics, environmental and lifestyle factors may all play a part.
In most cases, dementia is not related to a family link.
There are genetic forms of dementia, but these are extremely rare (about 1% of all people with dementia). People who have these genetic forms tend to get dementia younger(before the age of 65).
Dementia can affect anyone and you do not need to have a family history of dementia to be affected. – like heart disease or diabetes, for example.
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