Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that can rob patients of cognitive skills as well as their memories. This decline leads to fatality, not just because of the Alzheimer’s itself, but usually due to related complications such as pneumonia or other infections.
However, while there is no cure for this disease, there are many myths floating around out there that aren’t based in medical reality. Knowing the facts can help you prepare a loved one and yourself for what’s to come. Here are six common myths about Alzheimer’s..
1. Memory Loss is Normal During Aging
The Alzheimer’s Association says it’s normal for people to have “occasional memory problems” as they age, but it can be limited to something minor like forgetting a name they just learned. But the memory loss associated with aging and Alzheimer’s are completely different, notes the source.
“Alzheimer’s is more than occasional memory loss. It’s a disease that causes brain cells to malfunction and ultimately die,” it explains. A patient with the disease will forget how to get home along a route they’re taken hundreds of times, or forget the name of a close family member.