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Ask the Expert: Should I be concerned?

I’m not sure if my mother would be considered clinically depressed or not. She just seems like she doesn’t care about much and isn’t very engaged in her world. Could this be depression and, if so, should I be concerned that she could be at risk for developing Alzheimer’s?

Ask the Expert: Are Women at Higher Risk?

Dear Dr. Snyder,
My grandmother, mother and aunt all had Alzheimer’s disease. Being a woman, am I at a higher risk for developing this disease than my brothers?

Think Pink AND Purple

October is heralded by a parade of pink – with a near-constant focus on breast cancer. And deservedly so, since statistics show that 12 percent of women may develop the disease. But did you know that 16 percent of women age 71 or older have dementia (compared with 11 percent of men) and that two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s are women? 

This month – and every month – we may want to focus on purple (the color designated for Alzheimer’s awareness), as well as pink. 

Are the numbers that high because women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or simply because women live longer than men – or both? Or are there more complex factors at play? Could different life experiences, such as type and amount of education or occupation, play a role?

If a Family Member Has Alzheimer's Disease, Will I Have It, Too?

Learning about your family health history may help you know if you are at increased risk for certain diseases or medical conditions, like Alzheimer's disease.

World Alzheimer's Day: Bust the myths, embrace the facts

More than four million people in India are afflicted with some form of dementia, with Alzheimer's being the most common cause. 

Tips for communicating with and caring for Alzheimer's patients

The impact of Alzheimer's is felt around the country. According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million Americans live with the disease and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the country.

Glen Campbell dies at 81; country-pop singer battled Alzheimer's

Glen Campbell, the multiple Grammy-winning country-pop singer, guitarist and TV personality whose half-century career was capped by a singular last act after he went public with his advancing Alzheimer’s disease, has died. He was 81.

The Role of Genetics: Will I get Alzheimer’s disease?

Scientists are still trying to determine the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease. The hope is that one day we will be able to stop the disease from progressing or perhaps even prevent it altogether. To date, researchers have identified a few genes that play an important role in Alzheimer’s. Some of these genes are simply risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Other genes are hereditary and will cause (with nearly 100% certainty) Alzheimer’s disease to develop. 

 

Ask the Expert: Why Can't I Learn My Results?

This month’s expert is Beth McCarty Wood, MS, LCGC, Senior Genetic Counselor, Telegenetics Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
 
Dear Ms. McCarty Wood,
 
I submitted my DNA to the GeneMatch program, but they say I can’t learn my APOE test results unless I’m enrolled in a study that requires me to learn them. Shouldn’t I be able to find out the results of my own DNA?