About a third of people with Alzheimers disease have a close relative (parent, brother or sister) who has, or has had, this condition.

This does not necessarily mean it is inherited and for many people there’s no whānau history.

If you have any concerns about a whānau history of dementia mate wareware, please see your GP or primary health care provider. Remember, there are many other treatable reasons for memory lapses, confusion and forgetfulness.