When Alzheimer's runs in the family

Feb 14, 2019 | News

Phil Moore's father died with Alzheimer's, making him wonder about his own risk of getting the disease.Phil Moore's father died with Alzheimer's, making him wonder about his own risk of getting the disease.

Imagine if one of your parents was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

What would that mean for your own risk of getting the disease - and what would you do?

With more than half a million Canadians currently living with dementia and that number set to almost double within 15 years, this will be a reality many families are likely to face.

No stranger to this scenario is Phil Moore, owner of Ladysport, a 36-year-old Vancouver institution renowned for its specialization in athletic wear and shoes for women. He lost his father, Ted Moore, in 2002, after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease two years earlier. Moore’s paternal grandfather had also suffered from dementia in old age so his father was aware of what was happening to him. Moore said his father Ted initially disguised it well as dementia patients tend to do.

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