Risk Factors for Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's Prevention Registry

Scientists are working hard to find ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Much of the research about Alzheimer’s involves understanding factors that put people more at risk for developing the disease. Our hope: that we can find ways to stop Alzheimer’s before it starts.

Learn more about known and suspected risk factors for Alzheimer’s below, including steps you can take that may lower your chances of developing the disease.

Risk and Prevention Basics

Prevention and Risk for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Risk Factors - Information about critical risk factors, including genetics, head injuries, and heart health

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease: What Do We Know? - A good basic guide to risk factors and prevention strategies.

From Treating to Preventing: A New Tack for Alzheimer’s Research PDF - A shifting approach to reducing the impact of Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Unraveling the Mystery PDF - A look at the biology of Alzheimer’s

Prevention Strategies

10 Ways to Love Your Brain

Participating in Activities You Enjoy—More Than Just Fun and Games

The Keys to Prevention PDF

Physical Exercise and the Brain PDF

Sharpening Your Memory PDF

Risk and Prevention Studies

Physical activity associated with fewer aging brain-related movement problems

Physical activity and Alzheimer’s-related hippocampal atrophy

New Survey: Science-Backed Habits Reduce Dementia Risk, But Many Americans Are Misinformed

Presentation Resources

The Brain Health Resource - A presentation toolkit about brain health and aging, including a PowerPoint presentation and print resources.



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