Thursday, November 04, 2010
According to www.thealzheimerspouse.com, the #1 site on the Internet for support and information for spouses of Alzheimer patients, the most common misconceptions about Alzheimer’s Disease are:
It is a normal part of aging.
It is a disease of the elderly.
It is a disease of forgetting.
There are medications to cure it.
There are survivors of the disease.
All of these facts are false.
The facts are:
Alzheimer’s Disease is NOT a normal part of aging. It is a brain disease that affects all areas of brain functioning – cognitive ability; comprehension; language; mobility; speaking; memory; all bodily functions.
It is not an “old person’s disease”. Many cases are diagnosed as young as 35 -50, and increasingly, people are being diagnosed in their 60’s.
Medications stabilize the symptoms in some patients for up to two years, but they do not cure it or stop it.
There are no survivors. The disease is 100% fatal.