Just about everyone knows someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, a brain disease that affects memory, thinking and behavior. To help spread awareness, November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. It is estimated that 16 million people suffer from the disease worldwide and nearly 5 million of them are Americans. For each patient, there is atleast one caretaker including family members, healthcare professionals and volunteers to name a few. Because Alzheimer’s is so prevalent and affects so many, November is all about promoting awareness of the disease and to help those who are at risk. Although there is no cure, raising awareness will help increase funding for research that will allow for better treatment of the disease and will one day find a cure.
Here are 3 myths about Alzheimer’s from The Epoch Times:
MYTH: Alzheimer’s only afflicts the elderly.
FACT: Alzheimer’s can affect people in their 30s and 40s, a condition called younger-onset Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 200,000 Americans who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.
MYTH: Alzheimer’s in the elderly is natural.
FACT: Alzheimer’s is a brain disorder and is neither natural nor healthy. While memory loss is inevitable in old age, healthy seniors who don’t have Alzheimer’s do not experience the steep decline in cognitive ability compared to those who have Alzheimer’s.
MYTH: Alzheimer’s can be treated.
FACT: There is no current cure for Alzheimer’s, nor are there any drugs that slow the progression of Alzheimer’s for a majority of patients. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, drugs approved by the FDA delay symptoms for only several months and work for only half of all Alzheimer’s patients.