The Most Popular Myths About Dementia, Debunked


Health-related misinformation can leave people unnecessarily afraid or pessimistic about illnesses, or it can lead them to fall in denial making people hopeful in an unrealistic way regarding their condition.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are some pretty fertile ground for such misinformation, and there are very much fear and denial among their loved ones. Here are the most popular myths regarding these health conditions.

Memory loss in normal in elderly people

It’s important to know that there’s quite a tricky thing to decide when memory loss is abnormal.

During the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease, a person could have slight changes in memory that aren’t noticed by anyone else. The thing is that significant memory loss requires a medical checkup.

Only elderly people can get Alzheimer’s

With every decade of our life, the risk for this health condition goes up.  On the other hand, 15% of the people who get sick are under 60 years old.

It’s also important to know that just because you get sick, it doesn’t mean that you have Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is hereditary

Its true that the illness often runs in families and having a family history of the condition doubles a person’s risk of developing it as well. But, about 50% of the time, people who don’t have any family history of the disease are diagnosed with this neurodegenerative disorder.

Besides genetics, there are also other factors that contribute to developing it such as stress levels, lifestyle factors, and toxins.

There’s nothing to be done for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

There are some rare instances when a person’s dementia can be caused by a treatable condition such as vitamin b12 deficiencies and thyroid issues. But, most cases of dementia are caused by a degenerative state of the brain cells.

Toronto researchers are currently leading various studies to explore treatments for people with higher risks for dementia.


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