Myth 1: It only happens only to older people.
While true that most people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older, it can also happen when you’re young. Around 5% of people experience symptoms in their 30s, 40s, or 50s, which is called early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Myth 2: Alzheimer’s is part of aging.
A little memory loss is a normal part of aging. But true Alzheimer’s symptoms, like memory loss, should not be lumped into that category. George Perry, MD, a neuroscientist and a member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, says that the condition is more common among people as they age, but “it isn’t an inevitable part of aging.”
Myth 3: Alzheimer’s doesn’t lead to death.
Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and after diagnosis, most patients live only 8 to 10 years longer.
Myth 4: The disease can be stopped from progressing.
According to Heather M. Snyder, PhD, of the Alzheimer’s Association “there’s no current way to stop or slow” the disease itself, and she warns against any supplement, diet or regimen that claims to have the cure.
Myth No. 5: Alzheimer’s is caused by aluminum, flu shots, silver fillings, or aspartame.
There is no evidence that any of these things cause the disease, and in fact, experts really don’t know the exact cause, although many researchers are looking more deeply at possible lifestyle causes.