Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

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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