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Alzheimer’s Myths

The Truth From Alzheimer’s Assisted Living Facilities


When it comes to general knowledge on Alzheimer’s and dementia, many people believe various pieces of information about the disease. Whether they heard from the news, family, friends or long term care facilities, most of the common thoughts on memory loss tend to be wrong. From the causes of Alzheimer’s to mistaking normal aging as signs of memory loss, I have compiled a list of the most common myths on the disease. To find the full source of information and a wealth of more, please visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.

Myths:

Memory loss is a natural part of aging. This statement is partially true. As people age, it is normal for them to forget the name of someone they just met or the name of a local restaurant, but just because someone gets older that does not mean they will develop Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a disease that attacks the brain cells, causes severe memory loss and requires specialized care from Alzheimer’s assisted living facilities. For instance people are known to forget important areas of their life like who their children are or where they live. If you or a loved one is unsure if your forgetfulness is just normal aging or signs of Alzheimer’s or other dementia related diseases, visit the Alzheimer’s Association Know the 10 Signs for further information.

Alzheimer’s disease is not fatal. False. There are no survivors from Alzheimer’s. The disease destroys brain cells and slowly causes a person to lose their ability to talk, walk, eat and think.

Only older people are diagnosed Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s can affect people in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s through younger-onset Alzheimer’s.  It is said that there are roughly 200,000 people under the age of 65 who suffer from younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

Drinking or eating from aluminum containers can cause Alzheimer’s. Aluminum arose as a possible cause of Alzheimer’s during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Since then numerous studies have been conducted, but none have found any proof to the statement.

Aspartame causes Alzheimer’s. Just like the myth about aluminum, there have been no studies proving that aspartame is the direct cause of Alzheimer’s.

There are treatments available to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s. At the current moment, there are no treatments that delay, stop or even cure Alzheimer’s disease in individualsAssistance in caring for those with memory loss can be found through long term care facilities or specialized Alzheimer’s assisted living facilities.

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