Who's at risk?

Alzhiemer's appears to be influenced by a combination of genetic, environmental, and other factors. some of the major factors include:

  • Age- It's most common in people older than age 65
  • Family History- Having a parent or sibling with the disease slightly increases risk.
  • Genetic Mutations- Three genetic mutations are known to cause early-onset Alzheimer's.  A form of APOE gene increases risk of late onset disease.
  • Gender- Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer's.
  • Other Conditions- Factors that raise the risk of heart disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Education- Research shows a link between lower education and higher risk.
  • Head Injury- Studies show a link between traumatic head injuries and Alzheimer's risk