Myth-Busting: 8 Things Alzheimer’s is NOT

4. A Natural Part of Aging

The occurrence of Alzheimer’s doesn’t go hand-in-hand with other aspects of aging like getting wrinkled skin or white hair. Getting old doesn’t mean you’ll inevitably get Alzheimer’s. While some forgetfulness is normal and quite common with aging, the kind of forgetfulness that leads to the more serious issue of Alzheimer’s is not.

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3. Due to using aluminum or getting flu shots

Some myths have perpetuated that Alzheimer’s can be caused by using aluminum pots or pans, drinking out of aluminum cans, using deodorant, or from getting flu shots. But researchers haven’t found anything to support any of these claims, although they have posited the cause could come from a combination of factors regarding one’s health, environment, and genetic makeup.

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2. A Certainty Because A Relative Had It

Just because your grandfather had Alzheimer’s doesn’t mean you’ll also get the disease. While some forms of Alzheimer’s may run in certain families, such forms of the disease are rare, and are accounted for in less than 5 percent of all cases. Risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s do increase if you have one or more relatives who’ve had the disease, but it doesn’t mean you’ll inevitably get it as well.

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1. An Excuse For Poor Manners

While the behavior of your loved one will change as they pass through the different stages of Alzheimer’s, it doesn’t mean they’re no longer human beings deserving of love and care. Continue to treat your loved one with respect. Like anybody else, they will have good days and bad. Making the most of the time that you spend with them by showing affection and kindness can only be beneficial.

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When it comes to a disease with so much uncertainty surrounding it like Alzheimer’s, education is key to distinguishing what we know from what we’re still finding out. What’s important to remember is that those with Alzheimer’s continually need to be treated with as much love and respect as they were prior to their diagnosis. They still deserve the best care and affection they can possibly receive.

While an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is life-changing, caregivers can brace for the changes their loved one will face by arming themselves with as much knowledge as possible. Click the link below to learn nine key Alzheimer’s terms that every caregiver should know.

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