Alzheimer's disease (AD), is one form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. You are more likely to get Alzheimer's
disease (AD) if you...
> are older.
> Have a close blood relative, such as a brother, sister, or parent with AD.
> Have certain genes linked to AD, such as APOE epsilon4 allele
The following may also increase your risk, although this is not well proven:
> Being female
> Having high blood pressure for a long time
> History of head trauma
Dementia is a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. Alzheimer's disease (AD), is one form of dementia
that gradually gets worse over time. It affects memory, thinking, and behavior.
Developing AD is not a part of normal aging.
There are two types of AD:
Early onset AD: Symptoms appear before age 60. This type is much less common than late onset. However, it tends to get worse
quickly. Early onset disease can run in families. Several genes have been identified.
Late onset AD: This is the most common type. It occurs in people age 60 and older. It may run in some families, but the role
of genes is less clear.
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