In Alzheimer’s disease, nerve cells in the brain die gradually. This makes it increasingly difficult for your brain’s signals to be sent properly.
Alzheimer’s disease symptoms may be hard to recognize at first. You may assume that symptoms such as mild forgetfulness or an occasional loss of focus are normal signs of aging. But as the disease progresses, Alzheimer’s disease symptoms become more than “normal” changes. They become frightening, incapacitating, and dangerous. In the latter stages of disease, people with Alzheimer’s often require round-the-clock care.
It's one of the most feared brain diseases: Alzheimer's. It robs people of their memory bit by bit, has no cure -- and with an aging population, shows no sign of slowing down.
The media is riddled with stories about its causes, symptoms, and prevention. But some of those reports don't tell the whole story.
Here are seven common misunderstandings about Alzheimer’s disease and the truths behind them.