Shedding Light on Alzheimer’s: Separating Fact from Fiction
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease affecting cognition, memory and behaviour. Numerous misconceptions surround Alzheimer’s and its risk factors. In this bite-sized piece, we’ll debunk some common myths to increase awareness and understanding of this devastating disease.
Myth 1: Memory loss and getting Alzheimer’s are just a part of aging.
There is no denying that as we age our brains and bodies change. We may forget words or names from time to time but frequent and severe memory loss is not a part of normal aging.
Myth 2: Alzheimer’s and dementia are the same thing.
Dementia is an umbrella term to describe cognitive decline and there are multiple types of dementia. Alzheimer’s is actually a specific disease and is the leading cause of dementia.
Myth 3: My parent had Alzheimer’s so I will get it.
There are multiple variables beyond genetics that play a role in developing the disease. Many of these are modifiable such as diet and level of exercise.