actually my grandma suffers from alzheimer since he's been through a lot of trauma.. its quite difficult to handle her. However i've been noticing that my mum is showing so symptoms of alzheimer or maybe im just imagining things around.. Since the death of my bro who was 25 and which occured quite recently, she's having depression but still sees to come out the situation. what i wanted to know is that is alzheimer heriditary and how do i know if it's the case for her and how can i prevent it.
I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. It could be that in the grief of your brother which is quite recent, your mom is still suffering a lot and may get better as her depression recedes. Your mom is having a hard time now and you cannot judge her during this sad time - she needs help and time to get over this sad shock. I hope she is getting professional help.
There is a gene that has been identified and you can test for it. You can ask your doctor, as well as there is private testing that you can do for modest cost.
As for prevention, there are many posts on it here as well as countless articles out there on the web. In general, it a combination of many things like a good diet, socializing, keeping your brain active doing things like puzzles, exercise of some sort and just leading a normal life with having some sort of purpose. In other words, there is no real 100% *do this and you won't get it* magic thing out there.
What I have read about Altzheimers it is not clear whether it is hereditary or not, but I have read (on this forum) that there is a gene that can predispose a person to Altzheimers.
There is nothing you can do to prevent Altzheimers from happening. There are drugs available that can slow the progress of the disease, but there is no cure.
Drinking alcohol destroys brain cells and this will make the Altzheimers worse, as well as smoking that depletes the brain from oxygen. Lack of Vitamin B12 has also been linked to Dementia and Altzheimers.
Because your brother only died recently, I feel your mum is suffering from bereavement and not Altzheimers.
If she has also been helping to look after your grandmother, the burden of that and the loss of your brother is too overwhelming for your mum to cope with.
It can take a very long time to come to terms with a loss of a loved one, sometimes the bereaved person never comes to terms with their loss.
I suggest that you try and get your mum to see her doctor to help her through this sad time. The doctor may prescribe a course of antidepressants, but bereavement counselling would also be of benefit.
If you mum does look after your grandma, she needs a break from that.
Looking after someone with Altzheimers is psychologically very tiring and can be physically exhausting too.
let me start by saying am very sorry for the loss of your Brother
yes alzheimers is family hereditary, now if they have gotton it from a stroke or head injusy than no its not, but if it runs in the family than yes it can be does not mean you will get it.
you need to stay active and eat good, get your rest and try not to live a stress life, try and learn something new everyday and do puzzles, play games. read things like that.
my mom and grandmother also had this. so i have a very good chance of getting it to. yes there is a gene that they can test for it BUT, my Dr said why would you . first it has been known that most have this gene anyways and if you do than theres still a 50/50 chance you will or will not get it. so your still in the same boat of not knowing . plus my Dr said as young as i was , why have it on my insurance? if you change jobs or you get a new health insurance than there it is and most will not cover something that they know is going to cost lots money for them and there is no cure.
so all that said your so much better off not doing the test and just living right and see what happens in your older years.
hope this helps a little, i can say as a care giver it is not easy and it takes a lot out of you so take care of yourself.
another thing about your mom. the first thing my mom did and most that are getting it will ask you the same question over and over or tell you the same story over and over . so watch and see if your mom is doing that.
hugs your way hope you have a very BLESSED DAY . Heart
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