We have explored this topic before, the common myths of dementia. But since it is an important topic, I thought we should take a look at it again.
Dementia is known as the 21st century’s biggest killer. Let’s explore the myths surrounding dementia.
1) Dementia is a natural part of aging!
Actually, dementia is NOT a natural part of aging. However, dementia is common among elderly people, dementia is not something that typically occurs when you age. As we grow older, we do get some brain fog from time to time, but it is not natural to have intense memory issues as we see with those with Alzheimer’s.
2) But I am young, I can’t get dementia!
This is not true at all. Like we said before, dementia is common in elderly people, but it can impact anyone at any age. Since dementia is not caused by aging, someone in their 30s could develop dementia. Also, many head injuries result in dementia, no matter the age.
3) Alzheimer’s and dementia are the same thing!
No, Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia. Think of dementia as an umbrella, and it has a bunch of different types underneath it like Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s Disease and Vascular Dementia. Dementia is a group of thinking and social symptoms that end up disrupting daily life.
4) Dementia can’t be prevented!
This is also false! Even though there is currently no cure for dementia, it is actually preventable. By living a healthy life with regular exercise, a nutritious diet, limiting sugar intake, staying social and learning new and novel things, you can actually mitigate the onset of dementia. Cognitive exercises make a big impact on a healthy brain and are something that is highly encouraged to fight off memory loss.
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