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Myths About Alzheimer's Disease

Posted by Brian Shevel on 19 October 2017
Myths About Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's disease plagues many seniors in the community. And, it's a pretty scary disease to those who have witnessed how it can affect one's life from the time of diagnosis to the end.
When learning about the disease and Alzheimer's care, some commonly believed myths sound pretty believable and can confuse the facts. Keep on reading if you're curious to know more about Alzheimer's and the misconceptions about the disease.

Alzheimer's Is All about Genetics

While having a close family member like a parent or sibling with Alzheimer's could increase your risk of developing the disease, it doesn't mean that you're guaranteed to develop it in your lifetime. Family history only increases your risk by a tiny increment. Furthermore, the "risk gene" is still under investigation.

If You're Diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Your Life Is Over

When you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, the outlook can be a little bleak. However, it doesn't mean that their life is completely over and that it's time for them to roll over and accept their inevitable fate. In fact, many people with Alzheimer's can live a meaningful and active life for many years after they've been diagnosed. A heart-healthy diet, regular exercise, and increased social interaction can all contribute to keeping their brain functioning healthily for as long as possible.

If You Live Long Enough, You'll Get Alzheimer's Eventually

Alzheimer's disease is by no means a regular part of aging. However, some symptoms of the disease are a part of the normal aging process. So, while seniors may experience a mind that isn't as sharp as it once was, it's not normal for them to develop Alzheimer's in their old age.
Alzheimer's causes more debilitating problems that eventually take away a person's ability to think, talk, and even eat.

Alzheimer's Symptoms Are Reversible

Contrary to popular belief, Alzheimer's symptoms are not reversible. Although the disease is incurable, there are medications and support systems that can help. Those with an early diagnosis have the means to slow down the disease's progression and manage symptoms, as well as improve their quality of life.

Memory Loss Means You Have Alzheimer's

Memory loss can be a signifier of an underlying problem, but most often, it's just a sign of old age. Just because you can't remember the name of your best friend's granddaughter doesn't mean you suffer from Alzheimer's. It's completely normal to forget a few things here and there. You should start to worry when your forgetfulness begins to interfere with your everyday life.
While there are many myths about Alzheimer's disease, there's one common belief that's trueit's a degenerative disease that can worsen over time. If your loved one has Alzheimer's, you'll want to make sure they have the best Alzheimer's home care possible.

Caregivers from Home Care Assistance - Toronto/York Region are experts in dealing with seniors with Alzheimer's disease. We will give you peace of mind that your loved one is well taken care of while you're away. Whether your senior needs full-time Alzheimer's care in Toronto, live-in care, or just needs a companion for a few hours a week, we have the caregiving solution for you. Contact us today for more information.
Brian ShevelAuthor: Brian Shevel
About: I am originally from South Africa from a small city called Bloemfontein. After I completed my education, I went to work with my late-father who had a wholesale business selling clothes and shoes to retail stores around the country. I was in the business till I left for Canada in 1993. In Canada, I have run several businesses in a variety of industries. Although I experienced success, I missed helping people. I learned from my parents that helping seniors was important to their well-being and of great value to the community. Volunteer work remains a priority in my life. I am a past president of Bnai Brith and serve on many other committees.
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