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Is Your Senior at Increased Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Vicki and Brian Day

There are currently more than 5 million people living throughout the United States who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and this number is steadily increasing. Experts estimate that by the year 2050, this number could have soared to as many as 16 million people. While the death rate from heart disease has been steadily decreasing, the number of deaths from Alzheimer’s disease has increased 89 percent since the year 2000. As a family caregiver for a senior adult, these statistics can seem startling and upsetting, but they are important to understand. Knowing as much as you can about the disease can help you to safeguard your parent, or prepare yourself to give them to care that is right for them should they develop this disease. This starts with evaluating whether your parent is at increased risk of developing the disease.

Some of the risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease include:

• Age. The vast majority of people who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are over the age of 65
• Family history. If your senior has a parent, child, grandparent, or sibling who has or had Alzheimer’s disease, they are at greater risk of developing it themselves
• Genetics. Science has uncovered links between certain genetic markers and an increased risk for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Getting screened for these genetic markers can provide additional information about your senior and their risk, but does not indicate that they will or will not develop the disease
• Head injury. Those who have experienced serious head injuries are more likely to later experience Alzheimer’s disease
• Heart disease. Though it is not yet fully understood, there is a connection between heart health and brain health. This is due to the fact that the brain must receive enough blood to function properly and is more vulnerable to damage and cell death if it has been deprived of enough blood, which can be the case for those suffering heart disease


Staring elderly care for your senior can be one of the best decisions that you make for them throughout the course of your caregiver journey with them. This is particularly true when your parent is living with Alzheimer’s disease. An elderly senior care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that your senior gets all of the care, support, and assistance that they need while protecting your own health, well-being, and quality of life by reducing your care burden and ensuring that you are able to focus on the other obligations in your life, as well as yourself. The highly personalized services that your senior can receive from this care provider are designed to specifically address your loved one’s individual challenges, limitations, and needs now and into the future as they progress through the disease.

https://alz.org/10-signs-symptoms-alzheimers-dementia.asp
https://www.alz.org/facts/
https://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDERLY CARE IN WIND GAP, PA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS. CALL TODAY! (610) 365-4266.