Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease
Although a single cause of AD has not yet been identified, there are certain risk factors that increase the likelihood that a person will develop AD during their lifetime. The resources provided below offer information on various risk factors associated with AD.
- Alzheimer’s Disease: Unraveling the Mystery (NIA)
- Can Alzheimer’s Disease be Prevented? (NIH)
- Risk Factors for Developing Alzheimer’s Disease (Alzheimer’s Association)
- Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics Fact Sheet (ADEAR)
In particular, there are a number of cardiovascular risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and inflammation in the arterial walls, which have been associated with the development of AD. The following resources provide education and support for managing these risk factors to improve your heart and brain health.
- Heart & Brain Topic Sheet (Alzheimer’s Association/ AHA)
- What are Heart Disease and Stroke? (AHA)
- What is High Blood Pressure? (AHA)
- How Can I Reduce High Blood Pressure? (AHA)
- How Can I Lower High Cholesterol? (AHA)
- What is Diabetes and How Can I Control It? (AHA)
- What is Atherosclerosis? (AHA)
The following link provides information on clinical services, research, and education related to stroke and cerebrovascular disorders.
African American elders are at particularly high risk for heart disease, stroke, and AD. The brochure below is targeted specifically for black elders and the relationship between heart and brain health.