According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s doubles nearly every five years after age 65 and scientists have found a number of factors that can increase one’s risk of the disease. Some of these factors are out of one’s control – family history, genetics, and age. However, there are some factors that can be influenced by one’s actions/lifestyle. Head trauma and cardiovascular disease – including high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and high cholesterol – have been found to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.
To combat this, the Alzheimer’s Association recommends always wearing a seat belt and helmet when biking or playing sort to protect your head and adopting a heart healthy diet, quitting smoking and exercising to protect your heart. It is also important to stay mentally and socially active to encourage strong brain cells. For more information and resources, please visit the Alzheimer’s Association website – www.alz.org