Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. It’s important to know facts, especially when it comes to finding information online. A few common myths about Alzheimer’s include:
Myth: Alzheimer’s and dementia are the same thing.
- Fact: Dementia refers to impaired memory, thinking, reasoning, and behavior. Alzheimer’s is just one type of dementia.
Myth: I will develop Alzheimer’s if my parent has it.
- Fact: A person has a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s if their parent has been diagnosed with the disease. However, just because a parent has Alzheimer’s does not mean their children will develop it as well.
Myth: Alzheimer’s symptoms are normal as we get older.
- Fact: Many people become more forgetful as they age, and some forgetfulness, such as losing things from time to time, is normal. However, common signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s are not a normal part of aging.
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