Alzheimer’s Disease: Myth and Misconceptions

Let’s talk about some myths and misconceptions that surround Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are the same thing

To have a better understanding of the disease, we must first clarify the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s since the two terms are often mistaken. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Dementia is an overall term for a wide range of symptoms and is not a specific disease. On the other hand, Alzheimer’s Disease is considered a type of dementia that impairs the memory, behavior, and thinking. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that accounts for 60 – 80% of all dementia cases.

Memory loss is part of aging
Forgetting the name of somebody you recently met every now and then is normal, especially as you age. However, with Alzheimer’s disease, you will experience more than just a memory glitch. As your brain cells start to fail, you may start forgetting a relative’s name, important dates or memorable events. Experiencing memory loss is NOT a normal part of aging.

Younger people can’t get Alzheimer’s
Although it is more common in older people, younger people can also develop Alzheimer’s. This condition is called younger-onset Alzheimer’s and affects over 200,000 people.

Exposure to aluminum can cause Alzheimer’s Disease
Sixty years ago, aluminum was considered as a possible cause for the increase in Alzheimer’s cases. However, there has been no proof that consuming food from aluminum sources such as pots and pans will lead to the development of the disease.

Alzheimer’s is not fatal
Alzheimer’s destroys the brain cells and slowly takes away a person’s identity. Those with Alzheimer’s Disease will eventually lose body functions, suffer from memory loss and erratic behavior. Eventually, the ability to connect with others, eat, talk or even think will not be an option. Alzheimer’s has no survivors.

There is a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease
Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but clinical studies are being conducted to understand and find better ways to manage the chronic illness.

If you or someone you love is suffering due to Alzheimer’s Disease, consider a research study as an option. Those that qualify will receive study-related care and medication at no cost and may have access to possible new treatment options. Compensation may be available for those that qualify.

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