Alzheimers disease is perhaps one of the most prevalent illnesses experienced by seniors throughout the United States. While many know the symptoms associated with this disease, few know how likely they are to develop Alzheimers as they age. This is made even more difficult because doctors and researchers do not know the root cause of this condition.

Though just about anyone can develop Alzheimers disease, here are some of the common risk factors among those who have have the illness.

Age

Most people who suffer from Alzheimers develop the illness as they age. As such, most people are at-risk for developing Alzheimers if they are over the age of 65. However, early-onset Alzheimers can occur at virtually any age, though most cases occur in people over the age of 40.

According to the Alzheimer Society in Canada, the risk for developing the disease doubles every five years after you turn 65.

Gender

Research has found that women are more likely to develop Alzheimers disease than men. In fact, nearly two-thirds of Alzheimers patients living in memory care facilities and nursing homes are women.

Genetics

There are contradicting claims regarding the prevalence of Alzheimers disease in family members and developing the illness yourself. While the Alzheimer Society in Canada claims that Alzheimers is not often genetic, there are rare instances where the disease in inherited. However, other sites and claims note that you may be at an increased risk for developing the disease should a close relative also suffer from Alzheimers.

Though the jury is still out on this one, it has been found that people with Down syndrome are at a higher risk for developing Alzheimers. The cause has not been identified but those with Down syndrome can experience early onset Alzheimers as early as their 30s.

Other factors

There are numerous other health factors that might contribute to the presence of Alzheimers later in life. Some research has found that high blood pressure is a risk factor. This is primarily because your heart health directly affects brain health and functioning.

Head injuries and other traumatic experiences to the head may also increase the risk for dementia and Alzheimers.

While research has not identified the root cause for this illness, assisted living homes, nursing homes, and memory care facilities have worked hard to help countless individuals cope with the disease. If you or a loved one are looking for assisted living options, contact Vista Del Lago for the memory care Escondido trusts.