2019: Main Alzheimer’s Causes

By Mark Schmidt, 9:00 am on August 5, 2019

Alzheimer’s researchers continue to make amazing breakthroughs every year, and we now know quite a bit about this pervasive disorder. Doctors still aren’t sure exactly what causes Alzheimer’s, but they’ve been able to identify some of the most common risk factors. Here’s a quick look at a few of the leading causes of Alzheimer’s and some steps seniors can take to reduce their risk of developing this progressive disease.

Drugs and Alcohol

Substance abuse continues to be a major problem among the elderly, and many older adults have addiction issues for years without ever being treated. When a substance is regularly abused, it almost always results in the death of brain cells. Over time, this greatly increases the risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Older adults with substance abuse issues should speak with an addiction specialist. With a comprehensive addiction recovery plan and professional assistance, seniors are in the best possible position to beat this disease. 

If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, help is just a phone call away. There are many reasons seniors might need assistance at home. Some may require regular mental stimulation due to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, while others might only need part-time assistance with exercise and basic household tasks. Home Care Assistance is a leading Tucson senior home care provider. Families rely on our expertly trained caregivers to help their senior loved ones maintain a high quality of life.

Sedentary Lifestyle

A recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease revealed those who have sedentary lifestyles are 10 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, which is just one of the many reasons all adults should try to exercise for at least a few hours every week. Even going on a short walk after each meal could drastically reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and many other cognitive disorders. Seniors who have difficulty with balance or dexterity might want to consider swimming at a local pool. Swimming is a great form of exercise for people of all ages, especially seniors.

Cardiovascular Issues

The brain requires quite a bit of fresh blood, and many cardiovascular issues cut off that blood supply. Within a short time, a lack of blood flow can result in irreversible brain damage. High blood pressure and diabetes seem to be the two worst offenders, but high cholesterol is a risk factor as well. To avoid these issues, older adults need to follow a nutritious diet that limits their intake of saturated fat, simple carbohydrates, and processed sweeteners. Lowering stress levels can impact blood pressure as well, which is why many experts suggest breathing exercises, art therapy, and guided meditation.

Aging adults who need help managing mental and physical health issues can benefit from the assistance of highly trained professional caregivers. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional at-home care. Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)

TBIs are frighteningly common, and they seem to be one of the biggest risk factors for Alzheimer’s. Even a few minor concussions could greatly increase the risk of Alzheimer’s and many other neurological issues. To prevent TBIs, older adults should try to work on their balance and strength as much as possible. They must also use mobility devices if they experience balance difficulties. Mobility devices prevent accidents, and there are a few government programs that help seniors pay for walkers and wheelchairs.

If you’re the primary caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you don’t have to go through it alone. Without the right assistance, Alzheimer’s can be challenging for seniors and their families to manage. If you’re looking for professional Alzheimer’s care, Tucson Home Care Assistance provides high-quality care aging adults and their families can count on. All of our hourly and live-in caregivers are trained to help seniors with Alzheimer’s live happier and healthier lives, and we also provide specialized dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (520) 276-6555 to learn more about our customized care plans.