Alzheimer’s is a Family Disease – New Drug Offers Hope to Families Like Mine

Alzheimer’s is a Family Disease – New Drug Offers Hope to Families Like Mine


Alzheimer’s is a family disease.

My father Norm grew up on a farm in Iowa. He later became a small business owner. His sister, the next oldest, was a missionary in Pakistan and Nepal. His brother was a Professor in Missouri who taught graduate students engineering. His younger brother was a NASA scientist. His sister was a missionary to Brazil and his little brother worked for the EPA in Washington DC. The youngest brother who had Down Syndrome died early. My father and every other sibling besides his youngest brother died from Alzheimer’s disease.

A Family Disease in Three Generations: Those in color died from Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Hoft family at the farm in Iowa, circa 1950’s: My grandfather who is sitting died from Alzheimer’s.  His six children in the top row (in color) died from Alzheimers.  Their spouses are next to them in the photo (in black and white).  My older siblings and first cousins are up

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