·The most important risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease is age, and the risk of developing the disease increases with age. Other risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease include family history, lifestyle factors such as smoking and obesity, and certain medical conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
·According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2020), majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 years or older. Other risk factors include family history, genetics, and lifestyle choices.
·Age is the biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s. The disease is most common in people over 65. The risk of Alzheimer’s doubles every five years after age 65. After age 85, the risk of Alzheimer’s is nearly one in two.
·Family history and genetics play a role in Alzheimer’s. If a first-degree relative, such as a parent or sibling, has Alzheimer’s, your risk of developing the disease is increased. And if you have certain genes, you may be more likely to develop Alzheimer’s at an early age (CDC, 2020).
·Lifestyle choices can also affect your risk of Alzheimer’s. Smoking, heavy drinking, and a sedentary lifestyle can all increase your risk. Eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and staying mentally active can help reduce your risk (National Institute on Aging, 2021).