The Facts on the Myths Surrounding Alzheimer’s Disease

Myth #1: Memory Loss is a Part of Aging

Occasional memory problems is a normal part of aging. However, Alzheimer’s disease is when a person has more than occasional memory loss, like forgetting the name of a person they have known a very long time and where they live. Alzheimer’s is not just the brain aging, but is caused from brain cells malfunctioning and dying.

Myth #2: You Can Survive Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease has a 100% fatality rate. It is a disease that slowly kills a person by first making them lose their identity and being able to do things that we normally take for granted (eating, talking and walking). Once the disease progresses, behaviors become erratic and body functions eventually shut down, leading to death.

Myth #3: Alzheimer’s is an Old Person’s Disease

When people hear about Alzheimer’s disease they automatically think of older people being victims of this disease. While those with Alzheimer’s are mostly elderly, it can strike anyone in their 30s, 40s and 50s, as well.

Myth #4: Aluminum Causes Alzheimer’s Disease

There have been no scientific studies that have been able to substantiate that drinking from aluminum cans or using aluminum cookware can lead to someone developing Alzheimer’s.

Myth #5: Aspartame Causes Alzheimer’s Disease

There have been no scientific studies that have been able to substantiate that aspartame (NutraSweet or Equal) can cause memory loss, let alone lead to someone developing Alzheimer’s.

Myth #6: Flu Shots Cause Alzheimer’s Disease

Studies have shown that flu shots actually reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Myth #7: Silver Dental Filling Cause Alzheimer’s Disease

There are no scientific studies showing that the amalgam in silver dental fillings increases the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Myth #8: There is a Treatment to Stop Alzheimer’s Disease from Progressing

At this time, there is nothing available for people to take to stop, slow or cure Alzheimer’s.  There are drugs on the market that can temporarily slow the symptoms for 6 to 12 months, but not many people that have Alzheimer’s actually use these drugs.