Most of us are in some way touched by Alzheimer’s, and as a result, we’re blowing up Google to learn as much as we can about how to most effectively help our loved ones manage the disease. But as with everything we search for on the internet, we’ll find millions of results for the information we’re seeking, many of which are far from factual.
Our Atlanta Alzheimer’s experts know it’s so important for families to have the most accurate resources available related to all aspects of aging, and have compiled the following myths vs. facts specific to Alzheimer’s disease:
Myth: Memory games can prevent Alzheimer’s. The truth is, brain training programs that promise to prevent or reduce the risk of dementia are simply not backed by credible scientific evidence.
Myth: Smelling peanut butter can diagnose Alzheimer’s. A very small study created an explosion of controversy over the ability to diagnose Alzheimer’s through a peanut butter smell test. In fact, the researchers responsible for this study have since acknowledged that their findings were not clinically supported; yet the myth continues to circulate.
Myth: Memory loss is the first indicator of Alzheimer’s. Forgetfulness is certainly a key component of Alzheimer’s, but the most recent research points to the development of Alzheimer’s years before the first symptoms appear, known as preclinical Alzheimer’s. It allows for the earliest markers of the disease to be spotted in imaging well before memory loss, confusion, and other cognitive impairment are evident.
Myth: We’re all equally at risk for developing Alzheimer’s. There are actually several factors that come into play in a person’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. In a study conducted by Columbia University, participants who were less educated and whose careers required less intellectual reasoning developed the disease earlier than those who were highly educated and who utilized strong intellectual skills throughout their lifetime.
Myth: Early diagnosis is key to treating the disease. Currently, there is no effective treatment to either slow or prevent Alzheimer’s – meaning there’s no advantage clinically at this point to early diagnosis.
For more trusted resources about Alzheimer’s disease, contact the Atlanta Alzheimer’s experts at Atlanta Home Care Partners. In addition to providing highly skilled in-home care for Alzheimer’s disease, it’s our goal to ensure families are armed with the education they need to make the best choices in care for their loved ones. Call us at (404) 228–0103 to schedule a complimentary in-home evaluation to share your concerns and to allow us to share some helpful solutions to address and overcome them.