In the U.S., 5.7 million men and women have Alzheimer’s. As the numbers increase, there are many myths being spread among family members, friends, and elderly care support groups. Don’t fall for these five Alzheimer’s myths.
#1 – Your Mom Forgot Where She Left Her Glasses, so She Has Alzheimer’s
Forgetfulness can be a sign of Alzheimer’s, but it can also be part of aging. If your mom forgets where she put her glasses from time to time, you can watch her for other signs. That sign alone is not a guarantee she has Alzheimer’s.
Other Alzheimer’s symbols include agitation, difficulty concentrating, organizing, or sticking to a schedule. As the disease progresses, vision changes, appetite changes, and forgetting where you live are possible. People with Alzheimer’s may forget how to make a cup of coffee, that something is cooking in the oven, or how to button a button.
#2 – If You Get a Flu Shot, You’ll Get Alzheimer’s
Many years ago, a doctor released a report that flu shots cause Alzheimer’s. He created a bit of a panic. What wasn’t as highly publicized was that he lost his medical license for narcotics use for himself and office workers.
#3 – You Should Never Lie to Someone With Alzheimer’s Disease
Sometimes, lying to a person with Alzheimer’s is the best route. It can help ease fears from delusions. It’s also a good way to calm someone who is agitated or angry.
#4 – Alzheimer’s Disease is Only a Concern if Other Family Members Have It
According to Harvard Health Publishing, a family history of Alzheimer’s increases your risk of developing the disease by approximately 30 percent. It’s not a guarantee. There are people with no family history who develop Alzheimer’s. Your age is a more prevalent factor. By the time you are 70, you have a 5 percent chance of developing the disease if there is no family history of 6.5 percent if there is.
#5 – Caring for a Parent With Alzheimer’s is Impossible
It’s not impossible. Providing elderly care is very hard emotionally and physically, but it’s not impossible. When your parent no longer knows you, you may find it hard to handle. There will be moments of clarity. In those moments, it’s actually beneficial to spend as much quality time as possible together.
You must consider your own feelings and health, however. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to take breaks. If you go on a trip for a weekend, you’re not being a horrible person. You’re doing what’s necessary to return to family caregiving refreshed and ready to provide quality care.
If you are considering elderly care in Avon Lake, OH, for an aging loved one, please contact the caring staff at Four Seasons Home Care today: (440) 716-9100.