Responding to Common Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

Responding to Common Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease
June is World Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and James E. Galvin, MD, MPH, a leading neuroscientist and associate dean at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, has compiled a list of myths and truths about the disease. According to Galvin, some myths about Alzheimer’s include:
  • Memory loss is part of normal aging. (False) — Although thinking and moving more slowly is a normal sign of aging, forgetfulness generally is not. People usually can remember general information, such as where they put their car keys, or they know where to quickly find the answers. However, consistent, daily problems with learning and remembering new information may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s.
  • All causes of memory problems are related to Alzheimer’s disease. (False) — Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of memory problems, but it is not the only one. The disease is only one of the many conditions that affect a person’s memory. Conditions like Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, or vitamin deficiencies can all affect one’s thinking abilities.
  • Feeling sad is nothing to be worried about. (False) — If depression develops later in life, it could be an early sign of Alzh
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