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A 23-year-old male asked:

My grandfather was diagnosed with alzheimer's and i noticed that my father has a weaker memory than he used to. can a 23 year old male get dementia by inheritance and genetics? based on what i know, this happens only at a much later age.

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Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 39 years experience
Very rare!: Early-onset Alzheimer's is not a common form of dementia which hits people younger than age 65. Only about 5 percent of people afflicted with Alzheimer's develop symptoms before the age 65. And most people suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's develop symptoms of this disease in their 40s and 50s. I wish you well with your health!

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