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Written by
Varsha Vats
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial teamFeb 02, 2019

Busting the 5 Common Myths About Dementia

Busting the 5 Common Myths About Dementia
Quick Bites
  • Dementia shows symptoms similar to Alzheimer's
  • Dementia and Alzheimer's are different
  • Know other myths about dementia

Dementia is a group of symptoms affecting memory, social abilities, memory and daily functioning. Dementia mainly involves memory loss. Dementia increases with age. It is a progressive condition. Dementia is often confused with just memory loss. There are various other myths related to dementia which makes it difficult to understand the disease better at an early stage. People often confuse the symptoms of dementia with other mental disorders. Here are some myths about dementia which you must know.

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are the same things

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease aren't the same. Alzheimer's is a common type of dementia but there are other types as well. Dementia is a syndrome whereas Alzheimer's is a progressive disease.

Also read: 7 Early Signs of Dementia You Should Know About

Only elderly people can suffer from dementia

Most people think that only elderly people can get the illness but it is not true. Age is the biggest risk factor of dementia but people under 65 can also develop the disease. The early age dementia is called early-onset dementia. But the cases of early-onset dementia are very rare.

Memory loss is a normal part of aging

Most people consider that memory loss is a normal sign of aging. But some decline in the speed and memory is normal whereas major memory loss is not considered normal. After the age of 60, a person should be very careful about the signs and symptoms. Some simple warning signs should be discussed to your doctor.

Dementia cannot be treated

It is a half-truth about dementia that it cannot be treated. The progress of the condition can be stopped. Dementia can be treated up to a certain level, the complete treatment is not possible. Certain medications and therapies can help the patient to recover fast.

Also read: Are you forgetting about the petty things? You might be suffering Dementia

You can get dementia from your parents

Most dementia does not pass to the children from the parents. More than 99 percent of the cases are non-hereditary. But if someone in your close relation is suffering from dementia then you should be well aware of the possible symptoms.

What are the symptoms of dementia?

In many cases, the symptoms may be subtle and go unrecognised for some time, whereas other cases may have very obvious symptoms. Memory loss is usually the first sign of dementia. A person with dementia may show the following symptoms.

  • Memory loss, usually noticed by others
  • Difficulty in recalling recent events
  • Difficulty in finding the right words to identify objects, express thoughts or take part in conversations
  • Forgetting familiar people and places
  • Confusion and problems in orientation
  • Difficulty in completing tasks
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Not taking care of personal hygiene

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