University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Alzheimer's Resiliency & Risk Factors


Resiliency and risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease research focuses on the brain pathology comparing patients with and without apparent symptoms of dementia. Risk factors that have made strides in linking with the progression of Alzheimer's disease include exercise, genetics, vascular risk factors, vitamin supplements, fish oil supplements, and more.  Many of this research involves human participants in a variety of clinical trials that establish specific criteria for daily life to look closely at the impacts of these risk factors.  The role of risk factors, modifiable and non-modifiable, is critically important to how and when symptoms of dementia might first appear and how fast dementia may progress from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to moderate cognitive impairment to severe cognitive impairment.