Answers to Common Alzheimer’s Disease Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about Alzheimer’s disease and how to live with and manage the condition.

If tests show that someone is genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s, how can they reduce their risk?

Dr. Larry Lawhorne discusses how people who are genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease can reduce their risk. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


If you do have a positive family history, you can work with your doctor to reduce other risk factors – like cardiovascular disease – that might contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease or the loss of brain cells. The more active you keep your brain, the more you can reduce your chances of getting Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Activities that help are word games, crossword puzzles, number games, exercise and maintaining strong social relationships.

Source: Larry Lawhorne, MD, Wright State Physicians; National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association