If you’re worrying about family members that may be showing signs of cognitive decline and possibly Alzheimer’s disease, it isn’t too late to do something about it. Knowing their genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease will help you create an action plan together to ensure they are taking all the possible actions to keep their Alzheimer’s disease at bay.
As we get older, it is often the case that we have less contact with people around us due to lack of mobility, loss of friends and family, or from living alone or in care homes. Recent studies show that social isolation was associated with about 50% increased risk of dementia [CDC]. Feeling lonely or being socially isolated can contribute to additional lifestyle traits, including reduced exercise, and increased alcohol consumption and smoking, all of which can further contribute to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
The changes to the brain that are caused by Alzheimer’s disease can start years or even decades before the first symptoms show. So even if your parents aren’t showing signs of Alzheimer’s now, encouraging them to be tested early would enable you to support them in making the right changes to reduce their risks of disease progression.
As Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t necessarily show symptoms until decades after changes to the brain have already started, encouraging your parents to get tested in their 40s and 50s will give them an understanding of their genetic risk of Alzheimer’s. This means you can support them in taking preventative steps to significantly reduce the risk of the onset of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s disease.
The genoSCORE powered Alzheimer’s Risk Test can assess yours and your family members’ genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease through analyzing your genetics generated from over 100,000 genetic variations associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This will help you and your physician understand your risk of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s disease so you can make an action plan to reduce your risk and delay the onset of symptoms.
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