An Elusive Mind
Being a third-generation person who may potentially develop Early Onset Alzheimer's disease has prompted me to share my story.  I do not "say" that lightly, as I have the early onset mutated gene for Alzheimer's, which I inherited from my mother.
The family history is such that my maternal grandmother had Alzheimer's, and five of her ten adult children have also developed the disease, one of whom is my mother. That is 50% of my grandmother's children. Therefore, I am left with the realization that the odds are against me, and that I could potentially be included in future statistics of what are currently 5 million Americans living with the disease.
My mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease at the age of 60; my maternal grandmother passed at the age of 72 from pneumonia due to being bedridden, which happens in the final stages of the disease.  Two of my uncles and one aunt, all of whom had Alzheimer's have also passed.   My mother is now one of two living offspring who have the disease.  It is not yet known if the remaining family members will develop Alzheimer's. Only time will tell......