Over the years, lots of myths have arisen about what Alzheimer's disease is, who gets it and how it affects people who have it. It's time we take a step back and acknowledge how little we actually know about Alzheimer's disease and the effects that these misunderstandings can have on people with the disease and their families.
Of course, we all fear Alzheimer's disease - the mere thought of losing our minds and memories frightens us more than any other terminal illness, a 2012 survey by Marist Institute for Public Opinion revealed. But we need to stop fearing become the clichéd dementia patient due to misconceptions. On that note, we're sharing four common Alzheimer's disease myths you shouldn't believe anymore…
Four Alzheimer’s disease that most of us believe to be true
#1: There’s no difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
Alzheimer’s disease isn’t the same as dementia
. Rather, it’s a type of dementia – and the most common type at that. In fact, between 60% and 80% of dementia patients are thought to have Alzheimer’s disease.
#2: Alzheimer’s disease only affects old people
This may come as a surprise, but dementia doesn’t only affect those with grey hair. In fact, doctors have identified the early-onset form of Alzheimer’s disease known as EOAD in people in their mid-30s. While only about 5% of Alzheimer’s disease patients have EOAD, it can be utterly devastating for families.
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#3: Memory slips mean you have Alzheimer’s disease
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The difference between a memory slip – such as forgetting a friend’s name or where you put your car keys – that indicates Alzheimer’s disease and a one-off incident of ageing
is a hot topic of scientific debate. The general rule is that memory slips every once in a while is normal, but regular memory slips could be a cause for concern.
#4: Scientists are sure what causes Alzheimer’s disease
Scientists are still trying to figure out the exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Many experts believe that it’s a combination of biological processes such as the build-up of brain cell-killing tau protein tangles, the accumulation of neuron-clogging beta-amyloid plaques and the harmful inflammation that an over-reactive immune system
There you have it – four Alzheimer’s disease myths dispelled!
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