March 12, 2007 3:32 AM Subscribe
My mother is going senile (approx. age 65) and is losing inhibition and ability to think rationally about her finances. She has trouble forming sentences, slurs a lot to begin with, has trouble recognizing relatives for the first five minutes of a conversation, and is developing lack of balance, and a stooped gait. Her younger sister (approx. 63) is having paranoid delusions. Family discussion reveals possible similar problems in previous generations (both males and females) historically classified as schizophrenia or "he went funny after a car accident". How concerned should I be that I or my kids could inherit / develop a similar condition and what should be done to pro-actively investigate?