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Karen Josephson, MD
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February 2nd, 2008
My dad has Alzheimer's. What are the chances I will get it too?

If your father developed Alzheimer’s at a young age (younger than 50 years), you would have about a 50% chance of developing the Early Onset Alzheimer’s. This accounts for only a small percentage of cases. The risk factors for late onset Alzheimer’s Disease for a first degree relative is 2.6 – 4.6%.

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