Hands up who uses their age as an excuse for forgetfulness sometimes?
It’s worth it to know that memory loss is not a normal part of the aging process! And that’s myth number one in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease. There’s natural forgetting, and forgetting due to stress and too many things going on, but if you’re forgetting the name of a lifelong friend, or driving home the wrong way when you’ve lived in the same place for a long time, it could be something more.
Other myths include; Alzheimer’s is not fatal. It most certainly is – it degenerates the brain until the patient is a shadow of their former self, and unable to live independently.
Alzheimer’s is more than just a disease for the elderly. Early on-set Alzheimer’s can develop in people in their 30’s onwards.
Further myths in the article address some of the things people believe will cause Alzheimer’s. It is not proven that Aluminium (from drinking out of cans, or cooking in pots) causes Alzheimer’s. Nor is it necessarily true of consuming food and drink with Aspartame as an ingredient, having flu shots, or silver dental fillings.
The last listed myth – that there are treatments available to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease – is particularly pertinent. There are indeed very few, if any, ways to cure or even slow its development. But that’s one thing we’re hoping to begin to change with Remember the Elephant. Clinical researchers in Australia and NZ are running trials looking at the very earliest signs of Alzheimer’s Disease – those pesky memory lapses that many of us have, but that in some people, might be the first signs of something more serious.
If you live in Christchurch, Adelaide or Auckland and are worried about your memory, take our Memory Quiz to see if you might be eligible to be considered for the early memory loss clinical trial.
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