Is Alzheimer’s disease just a normal part of getting older?
The answer is an unequivocal no. Though many elderly people do struggle with Alzheimer’s, it’s not at all something that should be expected as a natural part of getting older.
The idea that aging and Alzheimer’s must always go hand in hand is a myth — one of many that we have encountered. To help set the record straight, we have provided some quick clarification on some of the most common Alzheimer’s and aging myths.
Myth #1: Memory loss is just part of getting older.
While many people do encounter some occasional and minor memory loss, as they grow older, the more significant and progressive memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s is a true disease that warrants immediate medical intervention; there is nothing normal about it.
Myth #2: Alzheimer’s is not fatal.
Sadly, this just is not the case: There is presently no cure for Alzheimer’s, and as such there are no Alzheimer’s survivors, though the symptoms can be managed and those who receive an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can continue living for several years.
Myth #3: Alzheimer’s a disease that only affects the elderly.
While Alzheimer’s is most common among those in their 60s and 70s, it can happen to people as young as 30.
Myth #4: Alzheimer’s is caused by silver dental fillings/ drinking from an aluminum can/ receiving flu shots/ etc.
It is widely thought that Alzheimer’s has a genetic component, but beyond that, the true cause is not known, and there is no evidence connecting it to any of these things.
Myth #5: There are medications that can treat Alzheimer’s and slow its progression.
Right now there is not a treatment for Alzheimer’s, though there are ways to provide those who have Alzheimer’s with moments of joy and pleasure each and every day—and that’s what we strive for here at CountryHouse.
Contact us to learn more about memory care for your loved one.