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Dispelling Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

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An Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be frightening, and it is one of the biggest fears seniors and their families face. However, families providing Alzheimer’s home care Fort Myers seniors benefit from should know not everything they hear about the disease is necessarily true or accurate. Here are some of the most common myths about Alzheimer’s disease and their real truths.

Myth: Alzheimer’s Is No Different from Age-Related Memory Loss

Because Alzheimer’s actively changes and destroys brain cells, the memory loss experienced by people with Alzheimer’s is more severe, quickly progressive, and problematic than the normal forgetfulness that occurs with age. While it may be fairly normal for your loved one to forget where he or she left the car keys or the name of the neighbor he or she just met, forgetting things like the name of his or her best friend or what street he or she lives on may be a sign something is wrong. The memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s is generally more debilitating than simple age-related memory loss. 

Myth: Only Older People Develop Alzheimer’s Disease

While seniors are the group who most often develop Alzheimer’s, the disease is not restricted to the elderly. Early onset forms of Alzheimer’s can strike people who are in their 30s or 40s, though this is rare compared to cases that occur later in life. 

Myth: Alzheimer’s Can Be Inherited

Scientists have never proven those with relatives who have Alzheimer’s disease are more likely to develop it themselves. Less than 5 percent of Alzheimer’s cases occur in people who have a close relative with the disease, which means you can focus on your loved one’s needs without worrying about your own future. 

Myth: Aluminum Exposure Leads to Alzheimer’s Disease

One of the leading theories in the 1960s and 1970s was that exposure to aluminum through silverware, soda cans, and pots and pans was the cause of Alzheimer’s. Testing has not proven any conclusions, though, and scientists are looking into other, more likely causes. 

Myth: Medicines Can Stop Alzheimer’s 

While some medicines may slow the progression of symptoms for a time in some individuals, these medicines are a stopgap, and they do not help prevent the disease or alleviate the symptoms. Likewise, not all cases of Alzheimer’s are slowed by these medications. 

If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, understanding how the disease develops and learning how to provide the proper care can be challenging. With help from Home Care Assistance, you don’t have to do it alone. All of our caregivers are trained in the revolutionary Cognitive Therapeutics Method, an activities-based program designed to slow cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia. For more information on home care Fort Myers families trust, please call 239.449.4701 to schedule a complimentary consultation.