Has anyone ever heard/read of cases when Alzheimer's is caused by extreme physical abuse? I'm curious because both my mother and grandmother are suffering from the disease at the same time. Onset was almost exactly same time! My mother is early-onset & their symptoms are nearly identical. Mom's neurologist commented he was baffled by her symptoms, some similar to Alz and some similar to Parkinson's but neither have the 'tale tale' signs of either?? Her walking is terrible, like her brain can't tell her feet what to do. Now she only stands and turns to get on potty or in wheelchair, never really walks. There are no other family members who've had Alz, and my mother and grandmother endured severe physical abuse by the hands of my grandfather when she was young. Once before she started school, he beat her so bad that she slept for 10 days! I hear of athletes with Alz and Parkinson's caused by concussion and hits to head and makes me wonder. Basically from time of abuse, x number of years later, they both are suffering from this although there is a 20yr age difference!!! I haven't been able to bring this up in front of my mother to a doctor, and I have not been able to find much online to call dr and discuss when she's not in front of me. Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!