Alzheimer's Reading Room
The research study below indicates that relatives of people who are very elderly, cognitively healthy at an old age, and who have high levels of CRP (C-reactive protein) are relatively likely to remain free of dementia.
The study suggests that high CRP in successful cognitive aging individuals may constitute a phenotype for familial successful cognitive aging.
Whew, you say.
The study might indicate that certain families are protected from dementia; and that, the protection is in their genes.
Wouldn't it be nice to know that you are protected by birth from Alzheimer's and related dementia?
This study is still in an early stage and needs to be replicated. Nevertheless, each little piece of new information that scientists discover add another piece to the puzzle, and any new piece could be the pieces that leads to an effective treatment or cure.
The bottom line resistance to dementia may run in families.