Having a first- or second-degree relative (sibling, parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent) with Alzheimer's disease does not mean that you're destined to get it. Only the rarest form of Alzheimer's disease, the early-onset familial type, is unequivocally genetically transmitted. But even if your mother or another close relative had early-onset Alzheimer's disease, unless you carry one of the genetic mutations that cause it, your risk is no higher than that of someone without a family history of the disease.
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