5 Popular Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

Most people know about Alzheimer's disease and its physical and mental effects, but there are a few myths surrounding the disease that disguise themselves as fact. With help from WebMD and the Alzheimer's Organization, we're debunking some of the most popular myths on the internet. Alzheimer's is an old person's disease.  While the majority of Alzheimer's patients are older than 65, it can strike at a much earlier age. Young-onset (or early-onset) Alzheimer's disease can develop in people in their 40s or 50s and in some rare cases even in their 30s. Memory loss is just part of the aging process.  While people's memory may not be as sharp in their golden years, memory loss is not a normal part of the aging process. Those who experience progressive signs of memory loss or confusion about events in the past need to see a doctor. Find out how virtual reality is helping brighten the lives of Alzheimer's patients. Alzheimer's isn't fatal.  Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease whereby it kills off cells in the brain and will eventually lead to loss of functions such as walking, swallowing and breathing. Many Alzheimer's patients get infections such as pneumonia or suffer from fatal falls.  Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and most patients will only live for eight to 10 years following diagnosis. Treatments can slow down the progression of the disease.  Sadly, there are no treatments or medications that can cure, stop or even slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease. There are medications that
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