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CaregiverCreditsander-weeteling-499063-unsplashPhoto credit Sander Weeteling

Dear Carol: My mom had younger-onset Alzheimer’s and my dad had Lewy body dementia, so I’ve spent years as a dementia caregiver. I don’t regret what I did for them, but I don’t want to put that worry on my own kids. I’m 60-years-old and try to live a healthy lifestyle, but every time I misstate an idea, forget a word, or neglect to do something routine, I wonder. Is this it? Is this the first sign? I can even see the concern in my kids’ faces when I do something a little off. I know that others with this genetic risk have the same fears. How do they handle this obsession? – JK

Continue reading on Inforum to learn more about this woman's worry due to her genetic Alzheimer's history:

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