Statistics show that more than 4 million people in India suffer from some type of dementia, whereas the worldwide tally shows that 50 million people are living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of dementia—an all-encompassing term used for illnesses that impede the brain’s functionality. This medical ailment can also be a genetically passed through the blood lines. The disease is linked to memory issues, thinking disorders, and cognitive problems. Warning signs usually mature slowly and get worse over time, eventually coming in the way of daily tasks.

The disease has no cure yet. Medical experts have been conducting various studies to find the core causes of this mental illness so as to reach an effective treatment. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation about the disease and people often end up believing facts that are hogwash myths.

Let’s try to bust the six most popular of these myths.

1. Memory Loss is Alzheimer’s

This is a common myth that many people believe. Though memory loss and cognitive weakness is a natural age-factor, it doesn’t necessarily mean that an individual has Alzheimer’s.

However, if you or a loved one is experiencing severe memory loss symptoms or having trouble remembering familiar places, events, or people, it’s safe to get a checkup done. Memory loss issues don’t just hamper daily life, but also lead to lack of judgment.

2. The Risk of Dementia Can’t be Reduced

Like all other cerebral illnesses, Alzheimer’s can also be navigated and prevented to some extent by increasing physical activity, mental stimulation, and reducing stress. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

While you can’t completely ward off the chances of developing this disease, it’s possible to have a good quality of life by making healthy lifestyle alterations.

3. People with Alzheimer’s can’t Communicate

While Alzheimer’s often leads to trouble speaking, remembering, and navigating the body language, it doesn’t mean that slightest symptoms of the disease cause a person to be unable to express himself.

As the disease progress, you’ll need to make extra effort to understand the patient’s verbal, non-verbal, and body cues. Advanced stage of this disease is quite agonizing but in the early stages, the patient is able to express clear facial expressions and behavioral responses.

4. Alzheimer’s Causes Aggression 

This one is partially true. Hence, it has made it to our list. A study shows that about 20% of the total Alzheimer’s patients develop extreme aggression and strain.  And this is not primarily because of the disease. Social isolation, environmental stress, pain, hunger, noise, and unmet physical and emotional needs are the main causes for discomfort.

5. Alzheimer’s is always inherited

Less than 7% of cases are associated to definite genes that lead to the hereditary form of the sickness. Although several other genetic factors may affect the possibility of developing late-onset Alzheimer’s, many patients might not develop any symptoms at all.

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