People who are 65 years of age and older are at the highest risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, but it may also affect some people as early as their 30s. It is believed that a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s is influenced by many factors. Some of these factors, such as age and heredity, cannot be controlled.
The greatest risk factors for Alzheimer’s are:
Certain groups of people are at higher risk of Alzheimer’s:
In addition, for people aged 65 years and older, the risk of Alzheimer's or related dementia is higher within Black American and Hispanic/Latino groups as compared to Non-Hispanic Whites. It is estimated that*:
*Based on a study from 2014.
Other health factors can also increase the risk of memory or thinking problems. These factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, lack of sleep, and smoking. Results from a large clinical trial show that steps taken to lower blood pressure may decrease the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, studies have shown that:
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