5 Myths about Dementia [SOLVED]
Many have said different things about dementia, sometimes it can be really...confusing.
Today, we’ll break five of the greatest myths and misconceptions about dementia. At the end of the day, you and I will have a clearer understanding and are able to care for our loved ones with more ease and confidence.
Myth #1: Dementia is just about being forgetful.
Truth: Forgetfulness or memory loss is only one of the many symptoms of dementia. If someone has dementia, he may also show other signs that affects cognitive thinking, behaviour, and the ability to perform simple, daily tasks.
Myth #2: Dementia is not fatal
Truth: Dementia is a condition that progresses slowly — sometimes over a span of years — and it’s common for us to overlook it. The ugly truth is, dementia has been ranked as the 7th leading cause of death in the world (World Health Organisation).
Myth #3: Only older people can get dementia
Truth: Even though dementia is much more common among older people above 65 years old, this doesn’t mean that people in their 40’s or 50’s are completely free from it. If you are in that "younger" category, be cautious because you may also be having something similar, called the "young onset dementia"
Myth #4: Alzheimer’s Disease = Dementia
Truth: Not entirely true. Dementia is the umbrella term used to describe symptoms that impact our memory, daily activities, and ability to communicate. Alzheimer’s disease is just the most common type of dementia. Another common type is vascular dementia, which is caused by a series of small strokes that obstructs blood circulation to the brain and affects a person’s thinking ability.
Myth #5: There is nothing we can do to help the condition
Truth: As of now, there is no known cure for dementia. There are, however, practical ways available to slow down the progression of its symptoms. These methods range from eating healthy foods to activities you can do with a dementia patient such as taking a walk with friends, fixing puzzles, and more.
We hope that these tips have been useful. If you know of someone else who would benefit from this article, please share it.
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