This section discusses both Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about the symptoms of both.
Are there Risk Factors for MCI and how is Alzheimer’s diagnosed?
There are a number of risk factors that lead to cognitive decline. The main factors are:
Age – With increasing age, there is a greater incidence of cognitive decline.
Family history – If someone’s first-degree relative (mother, father, or sibling) has Alzheimer’s, the chances are up to seven times greater that they may develop the disease.
Genetic Predisposition – A person with two APOe-4 genes is at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in later life.
The good news is that many risk factors can be controlled effectively by adopting correct lifestyle choices to prevent Alzheimer’s.