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@colleenyoung

Hi @karan2, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You ask very good questions. If dementia runs in the family, is there a test to know if you are at high risk? And equally important, what might be the benefit of drawback of knowing?

@arachel asked similar questions in this discussion:
– My mom has dementia. Am I doomed to the same future? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/my-mom-has-dementia-am-i-doomed-to-the-same-future/

Genetic testing can possibly predict if you have familial Alzheimer's disease, but only 2-3% of Alzheimer's cases are familial. Do you know what type of dementia your grandfather and great grandmother had?

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Hi @colleenyoung Thank you so much for replying back 🙂 Honestly I don't know what type of dementia both of them had! But I remember the symptoms my grandfather had during his last few years- memory loss, speaking problem, cognitive decline. Apparently the only name and person he remembered during that time, was me ☺️ that's why I loved him so much!!

For anyone who’s interested, there’s a free 7 week course on dementia put on by the University of Tasmania about dementia. I’m about halfway through it. It’s very informative. https://mooc2.utas.edu.au/course/21

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