Misconceptions about Alzheimer’s Disease

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If you have wondered if you or a family member is developing Alzheimer’s because of memory loss problems, you may be interested to know that occasional memory problems are normal as people age.  Forgetting the name of a person you recently met is most likely not a cause for concern as Alzheimer’s is much more than just occasional memory loss.  More telling is when a person forgets the name of a lifelong friend or how to drive to a familiar location.  Keep in mind that memory problems in the elderly can also be a side effect of a medication, a vitamin deficiency or other conditions and you should consult your health care provider if you are concerned.

Another misconception about Alzheimer’s is that only older people get the disease.  Unfortunately this is not true and we know that people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s can get what is called younger-onset of Alzheimer’s.  The Alzheimer’s Association says that out of the more than 5 million people in the U.S. with the disease, 200,000 of those are under the age of 65.

During the 1960s and 70, many people believed that exposure to aluminum through cooking pots, beverage cans, and antiperspirants caused Alzheimer’s.  Since then, researchers have done many studies trying to link aluminum to the disease and have found no evidence.  Likewise aspartame was linked to Alzheimer’s and again studies have showed no connection to the artificial sweeter.

Back in the 1990s, there were rumors circulating that silver dental fillings were causing Alzheimer’s.  However, two highly respected studies, one in 1991 and the other in 2003, concluded that “current evidence shows no connection between mercury-containing dental fillings and Alzheimer’s or other neurological diseases.”  What researchers do know is that growing older, family history and heredity are the biggest risk factors for Alzheimer’s.

Please visit MorningStar of Sparks’ website for information regarding our personalized memory care.  We devote 32 secure suites to the care of those with memory impairment caused by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Our loving staff is trained to provide the utmost care to residents. 

The unique mission statement of MorningStar of Sparks, “to honor, to serve, to invest,” sets us apart from other senior living communities. Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve. Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to schedule a tour of our exceptional community. 

Source: alz.org/alzheimers_disease_myths_about_alzheimers.asp

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