Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. By the year 2050, experts project the numbers to explode to 7 million seniors over age 85. Is Alzheimer’s an inevitable fate for everyone, or are some seniors more prone to develop it than others? Among the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease are family history, the Apolipoprotein E (APOE)-e4 Gene, mild cognitive impairment, age and cardiovascular disease. In this article, A-1 Home Care in Long Beach delineates these risk factors.
It is wrong to assume that just because you’re getting older, you will get Alzheimer’s disease. Although age is the biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s, this form of dementia is not caused by aging alone.
Apolipoprotein E (APOE)-e4 Gene
Everyone has some form of the Apolipoprotein E (APOE) Gene, whether the form is e2, e3 or e4. If you inherited the e4 form of this APOE gene, a protein that plays an important role in transporting cholesterol in your body, this increases your risk of developing Alzheimer’s at a later age.
An individual with an immediate family member, such as a parent or sibling, with Alzheimer’s is more likely to develop this disease.
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
If your elderly loved one has had mild cognitive impairment, he or she is more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who do not have MCI.
How 24 Hour In-Home Care Helps
Caring for an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s can take a toll on one’s physical, mental and emotional health. Leave it to trained, seasoned and certified nurse aides and licensed vocational nurses from A-1 Home Care to help you with chores, cooking, cleaning, bathing, grooming, personal care and more! Having a live-in caregiver will greatly reduce your stress levels and thereby improve your overall health while your elderly loved one is taken care of. It’s a win-win situation!
About A-1 Home Care in Long Beach
A-1 Home Care is one of the very few home care agencies in California that has received state licensing. Since its inception in 1991, A-1 Home Care has served seniors in numerous communities all over LA County, including Long Beach, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica, Malibu, Hollywood, and Pasadena. Our caregivers are thoroughly screened for their criminal backgrounds, DMV records and professional reference verification. When your elderly loved ones receive 24 hour in-home care from our caregivers, you can rest assured that they are in good hands!
For a personal care aide, call A-1 Home Care today (562) 929-8400 or visit our website www.longbeachinhomecare.com for more details.