7 Common Myths About Alzheimer’s
A lot of what you have heard about Alzheimer’s disease may not be true, as many myths constantly circulate regarding this condition and other forms of dementia. Read on to see if you’ve been told the truth about the neurological disease.
1. A Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Is the End of Everything
Actually, the earlier Alzheimer’s disease is diagnosed, the more likely you are to be able to delay the onset of symptoms. Mental activity, social connections, regular exercise and a healthy diet can all help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s as well. As of 2015, no treatment for Alzheimer’s exists, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved four drugs to help stabilize memory and thinking skills in Alzheimer’s patients.
2. Extreme Memory Loss Is Normal
It’s a myth that severe memory loss is just something that happens as people age. Evidence isn’t conclusive as to whether memory weakens with age, but extreme memory loss is always a sign of illness.
3. All Memory Loss Is Due to Alzheimer’s Disease
Just because you forgot where you put your keys, it doesn’t mean you have Alzheimer’s. Look for other key Alzheimer’s symptoms, including disorientation, difficulties with abstract thinking and problems performing routine tasks.
4. Alzheimer’s Disease Is Genetic
Only about 5 percent of Alzheimer’s disease appears to have a genetic link. Even if your mom had Alzheimer’s, it doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to develop it.
5. Alzheimer’s Disease Isn’t Fatal
In reality, Alzheimer’s is indeed a fatal disease. However, because it typically affects the elderly, people with Alzheimer’s often have other illnesses that may end up causing their eventual death.
6. Alzheimer’s Disease Is Caused by Aluminum
While claims have been made that aluminum ingestion is at the root of Alzheimer’s disease, no scientific investigations have provided evidence proving this is true. Don’t worry about danger from cooking in aluminum pans or drinking out of aluminum cans.
7. People With Alzheimer’s Disease Invariably Become Aggressive
While it’s true that some people experience personality changes when they contract Alzheimer’s disease, not everyone ends up turning aggressive or violent. Some people’s personality changes express themselves through wandering, becoming restless, or being suspicious of others.