This is the biggest myth about dementia that you should stop believing. This general "fact" about dementia is not really true. According to 2020 data published in the journal Alzheimers & Dementia, there are currently only 5.8 million people with dementia over the age of 65 in the United States. Researchers also predict that by 2050, that number will increase to about 13.8 million, more than double what it is today. This fact deserves the attention of everyone who wants to stay healthy as they grow older, but the average person knows very little about dementia and other cognitive health conditions. And, as is often the case, a vague understanding of something often leads to misunderstandings and false information being accepted as facts. That is why we provide clarity so that you can explain your facts only once. Here are some of the biggest myths about dementia, including those that may surprise you in particular.
1. Dementia and Alzheimer's disease are the same
Yes, these two conditions are closely related, often abused, but the names cannot be exchanged. The Alzheimer's Disease Association said in its 2020 data report: "Dementia is a collective term for a particular group of symptoms. Characteristic symptoms of dementia are problems with memory, language, problem-solving, and other thinking skills that affect people's performance. Daily activity Dementia There are many causes. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. "In fact, because it is so common, Alzheimer's disease accounts for about 60-80 percent of all dementia cases.
2. Dementia is not a fatal illness
Dementia is generally considered a difficult illness, very often sad, and both, but rarely a fatal illness. But the truth is that it may actually be. In fact, a 2020 study published in JAMA Neurology, after investigating 7,342 older people, concluded that dementia was not significantly reported as a cause of death if it needed to be documented as a cause.
3. Dementia is an inevitable part of the aging process
Just because you don't get a little sharper mentally as you get older doesn't mean that you will eventually develop dementia. Looking at the numbers, this is not really a normal part of the aging process. According to a report by the Alzheimers Associations 2020, Alzheimer's disease is still the most common form of dementia, affecting only about 3% of people between the ages of 65 and 74 in the United States. In other words, the majority do not develop dementia in the most common form. shape.
4. Dementia affects only the elderly
Finally, dementia is most often thought to be the cause of concern for older people, but this is generally not true. What we do early on is not only involved in the development of dementia but people up to the age of 30 are diagnosed with dementia. In a 2017 study published in the European Journal of Neurology, researchers found that 38 to 260 out of 100,000 people experienced dementia between the ages of 30 and 64. And 420 out of 100,000 develop the disease between the ages of 55 and 64.
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