Alzheimer's Disease: Separating Myth from Fact

Alzheimers Care Fort Worth

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, but there are still a lot of misconceptions about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, and Alzheimer’s care. It may be difficult for friends and family to tell the difference between occasional memory lapses, and the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms. Here is some information that may help you separate the facts from the myths about Alzheimer’s disease.

Myth: Memory Loss is Always a Symptom of Aging
While some people do experience occasional lapses in memory as they age, most healthy people don’t display frequent, prolonged, or permanent memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease causes the malfunction and death of brain cells, resulting in significant and prolonged memory loss, disorientation, confusion, an inability to concentrate, and many other serious cognitive issues. If you notice any of these symptoms in a loved one, take him or her to a doctor as soon as possible.

Myth: A Person with Alzheimer’s Can Eventually Get Better
If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he unfortunately won’t suddenly get better. He may have periods of lucidity and periods of confusion, but eventually will need continuous care and Alzheimer’s support from a nursing home or assisted living center. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, but professional memory care and prescription drugs can slow the progression of symptoms.

Myth: Only Family Can Provide Alzheimer’s Care
Family members are often not well equipped to provide the level of Alzheimer’s care that a loved one needs. Family members should seek professional Alzheimer’s care for a loved one that can no longer care for or support himself. An assisted living center or Alzheimer’s nursing home can provide memory care, mental health care, and medication management services as part of their Alzheimer’s support.

If you’re in need of Alzheimer’s support in the Dallas Fort Worth area for a friend or relative, contact us at Avalon Memory Care. We have 20 convenient Alzheimer’s care centers, and our medical staff offers memory care, assisted living facilities, and medication management for residents with Alzheimer’s. For more information, call us today at (214) 752-7050.