1. Alzheimer’s only affects older people.
- Early onset Alzheimer’s is an uncommon form of dementia that can affect people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s.
2. There are treatments to slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s.
- Currently, there are is no treatment or cure. FDA-approved drugs can temporarily slow symptoms but cannot slow its progression.
3. An Alzheimer’s diagnosis means life is over.
- Even with a diagnosis, you can live meaningfully and active for many years. Social connection, exercise, healthy diet, and activities that challenge your brain can help slow symptoms.
4. Alzheimer’s is hereditary.
- Researchers have uncovered that genetics do play a part, however, new research has also linked health conditions and lifestyle choices. High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and head trauma are some examples that may be factors.
5. All people who have Alzheimer’s will become aggressive and violent.
- Coping with memory loss can be frustrating and frightening. While some people experience personality changes, not everyone will become aggressive or violent. Other typical behaviours can include restlessness, suspicion, wandering, and repetitive behaviours.
Other noteworthy facts include:
- Over 747,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia
- Women are more susceptible. Three quarters of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s are women.
- According to the World Health Organization, 47.5 million people live with dementia, including Alzheimer’s, worldwide.