Watching a parent lose a battle with Alzheimer's is devastating. Researchers have identified genes that may help predict who will get Alzheimer's. Now, doctors at Mayo Clinic are studying whether people who have that gene experience memory changes before typical symptoms begin.
As part of a study, Dr. Richard Caselli with Mayo Clinic is using data to find out if the gene that puts us at risk for Alzheimer's causes changes in memory skills before the disease actually develops. Preliminary data suggests there's an accelerated decline in memory skills in people who are at genetic risk of Alzheimer's disease. Especially when they're tired or stressed. If this proves true, Dr. Caselli hopes to be able to identify people at risk and eventually offer treatments that will prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.