Many people with dementia are worried that their disease may have been inherited and that they may pass it on to their children. Family members of people with dementia are sometimes concerned that it might be more likely to develop dementia themselves but the real fact is that the majority of dementia is not inherited, but this depends very much on the particular cause of dementia. Very rare cases of dementia are inherited, such as Huntington's disease.
Generally it is said that most cases of Alzheimer's disease are not inherited. If a person lives long enough, then there might be a chance of exhibiting the symptoms of the inherited gene. It does not skip a generation. Some other dementias have both inherited and non-inherited forms. In the case of fronto-temporal dementias, 30 to 50 per cent of cases are inherited. Most cases of Alzheimer's disease are not inherited.
- Familial Alzheimer's Dementia
- Genetics of the rarer form of Dementia
- Potential Target for Future Treatment
- Molecular Pathways Related to the Gene Changes
- CADASIL-Dementia Caused due to the reduced blood flow