-Dr.Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
Alzheimer’s affects a lot of people. Millions. I read this article that explains five important things to know about Alzheimer’s that I wanted to share with you because when it comes to Alzheimer’s, knowledge is power.
What happens- Alzheimer’s is a disease that destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and confusion in the thought process.
Who is affected- Most people think Alzheimer’s only occurs among seniors, but that’s not the case. 200,000 people between the ages of 30 to 50 have Alzheimer’s.
What race- When surveying different ethnic groups, studies show that African-Americans are twice as likely as Caucasians to develop Alzheimer’s in comparison to Hispanics who are 1.5 times more likely. .
What are the symptoms- Symptoms include things like forgetting recently learned information, finding it difficult to drive to a location that should be familiar, repeating the same question over and over, forgetting important dates and difficulty working with numbers, among a number of others traits.
Myths associated with Alzheimer’s- Many hold the belief that drinking from aluminum cans or using aluminum pots/pans to cook in can cause it Alzheimer’s, buts that is not true. Other misconceptions are that you can develop Alzheimer’s from the seasonal flu shot, various vaccines and silver dental fillings.