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I have a family history of dementia

Does dementia run in families?

When someone in your family suffers from dementia or memory loss, it’s natural to wonder if the condition can be inherited.


If you are worried about memory loss affecting yourself or a family member, a dementia assessment can provide comfort and peace of mind.

Call us on 0330 124 1970 to arrange a free, no-obligation, Mini-ACE cognitive test (worth £100).

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Preventing dementia

If you are worried about a family history of dementia, you can make positive changes to your lifestyle to reduce the risk factors. Find out about prevention tips and how MemoryClinix can help you…

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Does dementia run in families?

According to the Alzheimer’s Society UK, the majority of dementia is not inherited by children and grandchildren. In some rarer types of dementia there can be a genetic link, but these account for only a tiny proportion of dementia cases.

The most important risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease is old age as the disease is most common in people in their late 70s and 80s. If your parent or grandparent suffers with Alzheimer’s disease at this age, it will not increase your risk of dementia.

However, if someone in your family has developed Alzheimer’s at an early age (less than 60 years) then there is more chance that it could be passed on.

Can vascular dementia be inherited?

Although vascular dementia itself is not inherited, the contributing underlying health issues, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, can be inherited. 

This means that prevention is vital, so you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. We will thus help you to identify any vascular risk factors and to modify them through both medical and lifestyle-based interventions.

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Worried about dementia in your family?

If you are concerned that yourself, or a loved one, is already suffering from memory loss, MemoryClinix offers a range of services aimed at providing the right diagnosis and treatment.

Our support package includes an initial online assessment involving mental state examination, memory testing and organisation of dementia blood tests.

If necessary, a CT head scan can be ordered, followed by a remote diagnosis and treatment consultation to put the diagnosis and to formulate a personal care plan and post-diagnosis support.


If you are worried about memory loss affecting yourself or a family member, a dementia assessment can provide comfort and peace of mind.

Call us on 0330 124 1970 to arrange a free, no-obligation, Mini-ACE cognitive test (worth £100).

    Call now

How the MemoryClinix care plan works

Producing a personal care plan involves a three-stage process:


STEP ONE: Initial assessment

Includes medical and psychiatric history, mental state examination and cognitive and daily living activities (ADLs) testing. It might also be necessary to organise dementia blood tests and a CT head scan.


STEP TWO: Diagnosis and treatment consultation

Following the results of the tests mentioned in step one, we will be able to put a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made we can formulate a personal care plan tailored to the patient’s needs.


STEP THREE: Post diagnosis support and follow-up

We can advise on support services and treatments using trusted specialists registered on our HLP-U directory.

What is dementia?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises dementia as a public health priority.

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50 million

people worldwide have dementia

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42,000 people

are living with young-onset dementia

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Alzheimer’s disease

is the most common form of dementia

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Vascular dementia

is the second most common type of dementia

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Worldwide around 50 million people have dementia and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year (WHO Dementia Factsheet).

Dementia has become a major health concern among the elderly, with prevalence rates estimated at 7.1% in those aged over 65, according to the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Dementia is a group of related symptoms characterised by a progressive decline of brain function with age. It affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language, problem-solving, motivation, mood, sleep, personality and behaviour.

There are different types of dementia and a correct diagnosis helps both families and professionals to provide the right care and support. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease which accounts for about 60-70% of the cases. Vascular dementia is the second most common type and is caused by a reduced blood flow to the brain. Sufferers with both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia have what is known as mixed dementia.

The risk of dementia increases with age, but there are people who develop symptoms before the age of 65, which is known as young-onset dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 42,000 people in the UK living with young-onset dementia.

About MemoryClinix

We combine mental health expertise, recent medical research data and latest video conferencing technology to offer a comprehensive memory loss and dementia prevention support service.