According to the National Institute on Aging, we still aren’t 100% sure what causes Alzheimer ’s disease but studies point that each of the below have a part in causing it:
- Genetics– studies are finding that the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene is found in people with the disease. A person that had a close family member with Alzheimer’s may have this gene as well which is linked.
- Health, environmental, and lifestyle factors – studies seem to point that vascular and metabolic health may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s. This includes heart disease, strokes, and high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.
Since research has linked these two factors as a possibility to causing Alzheimer’s, people may be able to prevent it by changing the factor that they can control: your health
Only time will tell once further research is concluded, but it is a good idea to exercise, stay a healthy weight and eat well.
If your senior is struggling with Alzheimer’s, Family Bridges provides Alzheimer’s home care services to help assist them in their home and keep them on healthy diets that you plan for them. Please call us or contact us here.