With Alzheimer’s disease affecting so many families, there is a great deal of information circulating about it. There is also a great deal of misinformation. It’s time to debunk some of these Alzheimer’s myths.
1. Myth: We know the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Although doctors have made huge strides in finding specifics of the condition, they have yet to find a definitive cause that links all of the cases.
2. Myth: Alzheimer’s disease is genetic. Although we know that people with family members who have Alzheimer’s have a higher chance of being affected by the disease, it isn’t a sure thing. It’s also not a guarantee that you won’t get Alzheimer’s if no one in your family has had it. Although there seem to be genetic aspects, there is definitely more to the cause than just that.
3. Myth: Ginkgo Biloba will help. Many supplements and vitamins have been touted to have dementia-fighting powers. However, no supplements have yet to show any effect on reducing the risk or slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s in studies.
4. Myth: Memory lapses equal impending dementia. Normal aging can bring memory lapses that have nothing to do with Alzheimer’s disease. They say the difference is that with memory lapses, you will eventually get to what you were trying to remember, even if it takes quite a while.
Reality: The idea of Alzheimer’s can be worrisome, so stay healthy to reduce the risk and get information from credible, scientific resources. Here at Freedom Home Care, we do everything in our power to allow those with Alzheimer’s to stay safe and to help all out patients live happy healthy lives in their homes.