Top Myths About Alzheimer’s

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, which means the internet is typically flooded with both useful information and harmful misinformation about AD. This information includes the risk factors and causes of the disease. Although the spread of misinformation is coming from a place of thoughtfulness, not everything you read on the internet is fact.

If a loved one in your life has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s important to have the correct information so you can support them. Here are five top myths about Alzheimer’s and their corresponding truths:

Myth #1: Only older people get Alzheimer’s

Although most cases of Alzheimer’s disease are detected around age 60, it can occur in people who are in their 30s. This is referred to as early-onset Alzheimer’s or younger-onset Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, with 5.8 million Americans living with the condition, it is estimated that about 200,000 who are living with AD are under 65.

Myth #2: Alzheimer’s is not fatal

Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. This degenerative disease attacks brain cells, causing memory loss, loss of bodily functions, and increasingly erratic behavior.

Myth #3: Drinking out of aluminum cans can cause Alzheimer’s

During the 1960s, it was proposed that aluminum may be linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, studies have been done to test this theory, however, current research shows no evidence to support a link between everyday aluminum exposure and AD.

Myth #4: Aspartame can cause Alzheimer’s

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as of 2006, there is no evidence to support the claim that artificial sweeteners that use aspartame have negative health effects for most people.

Myth #5: There are treatments to stop or slow the progression of AD

Sadly, there is no treatment that cures, slows, or stops the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are some medications that can temporarily delay the worsening of a patient’s symptoms for a maximum of about a year.

Treatment in Ridgecrest, California

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