Better Understand Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The more you understand about Alzheimer’s and dementia, the better equipped you will be at providing for your loved one’s long-term care needs. It is important to note that as of now, researchers have not yet pinpointed any specific causes of the disease. However, research does indicate that a few contributing factors may increase a person’s likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia. 


Age and Genetics

Many people believe that developing Alzheimer’s is just a normal part of the aging process. This is not the case. If a family member or loved one begins experiencing signs of memory loss or trouble with concentration, you should seek the advice of a medical professional.

Age, however, is often sited as one of the leading contributing factors to Alzheimer’s. Statistics show that a person over the age of 85 is significantly more likely to exhibit signs of Dementia or Alzheimer’s than a person ages 65-75.

In addition to age, genetics do appear to have a connection with some Alzheimer’s cases. While most people who develop Alzheimer’s do so after the age of 65, there is a small percentage of the population who will develop the disease at a much earlier stage. Children of parents who have early onset Alzheimer’s are at a higher risk of developing the disease, and they may require future Alzheimer’s care. 


Health and lifestyle

While age and genetics are two of the most notable connections, they are not the only suspected contributing factors. Researchers suspect that the following health and environmental factors may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

  • Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and high cholesterol have been linked to the disease.
  • Person’s who maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise are considered to be less likely to need future Alzheimer’s care.
  • There is a connection between low education and the development of Alzheimer’s. 
  • Other connections include alcohol consumption, smoking and head injuries.

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