Well, is there a point to eating a meal and enjoying it, even though it will be over and you won't remember the flavors too well? That is just the nature of life...uncertain and ephemeral. But it is still precious....
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Your percentages are a little too high, though the reality is grim enough. The Mayo Clinic states that the rate of Alzheimer's is under 5 percent for individuals between the ages of 65 and 74; however, the rate climbs to nearly 50 percent for those age 85 and older.
I was treated for prostate cancer a couple of years ago and one of my friends said, "Why bother? At your age you'll probably be dead before the cancer gets you anyway." I feel much the same applies to Alzheimers: I carry on in confidence that I won't become a victim.
Yes, it's a dreadful disease and it's frightening, but you wouldn't give up sex because you may contract AIDS, would you? Nor should you lose the joy of living because you *might* get Alzheimers.
Go back and read Happy2BeHere2's answer again. That sums it up.