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Genetic Risk for Dementia

Malia Rumbaugh, MS

Genetic Counselor

Indiana University

Purdue University Indianapolis

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lecture, you should be able to:

Understand the genetic contribution to various forms of dementia, including the phenotype, penetrance and inheritance patterns of the more common genes.

Determine whether a person with dementia is more or less likely to have a strong genetic form of the disease and when a genetics referral is appropriate.

Understand some of the reasons that patients pursue or decline genetic testing for dementia.

[From the Winter 2023 Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series]