At what age, if not now afflicted, can I forget about ever getting Alzheimer's?

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At what age, if not now afflicted, can I forget about ever getting Alzheimer's?


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Ladislav Volicer, M.D., Ph.D., is recognized as an international expert on advanced dementia care. He is a courtesy full professor at the School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, and visiting professor at the Third Medical Faculty, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Twenty-five years ago, he established one of the first dementia special care units.

Unfortunately, incidence of Alzheimer's disease increases with age and there is no evidence that you would be safer as you get older. Alzheimer changes in the brain might occur in everybody if that person lived long enough. However, clinical symptoms of dementia might not occur if that person did not have any vascular changes in the brain. So, keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in control and exercise regularly.