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Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease

Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

In case you didn’t know, Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It is a general term that describes a group of symptoms.

Every September during World Alzheimer’s Month, people from around the world strive to raise awareness and to challenge the stigma around Alzheimer’s and dementia.

2021 marks the 10th year of this important global campaign.

The Alzheimer’s Association®, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, is a valuable resource for those who want to learn more about this disease and get involved in the fight to end it.

Because family caregivers who are caring for loved ones often face special challenges, the organization also provides several helpful caregiving resources.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, researchers believe there is not one single cause of Alzheimer’s disease. They think it develops from many factors, including genetics, lifestyle and environment. Scientists have also identified factors that increase the risk of the disease. While some can’t be changed, emerging evidence suggests there may be others we can influence.

Whether it’s making better lifestyle choices or managing a health condition, prevention often starts with understanding what you can change. Read about the causes and risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.

Or download 12 Dementia Risk Factors.

You may also be interested in learning more about several early warning signs of Alzheimer’s, as well as the seven stages of Alzheimer’s.


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