There are many myths and misconceptions about Alzheimer’s and other dementias which can hurt our understanding of the disease and our ability to support people affected by the disease.
Myth #1: If I’m diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it means my life is over.
Reality: That’s not true, you can still live actively. Eating a good healthy diet, staying socially connected with your family/ friends, and doing different things that keep your brain active can help slow the progression of the disease.
Myth #2: My mother had Alzheimer’s disease, so I’m going to get it too.
Reality: That’s one of the most common r myths, the truth is that familial dementia accounts for less than five percent of all cases.
Myth #3: Dementia is an old person’s disease.
Reality: Dementia occurs most often in people over 65 but the disease can affect people in their forties and fifties.
Myth #4: Memory loss means Alzheimer’s disease.
Reality: That’s not completely accurate. You can have trouble with your memory as you age, but if the loss of memory affects your day to day functioning, you should see your doctor to have it checked.
Myth #5: Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented.
Reality: There is not yet a treatment that can prevent or eliminate dementia. However, you can reduce your risk by doing different exercises that can be challenging for your mind and body, eating a healthy diet, reducing stress and staying socially active.
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