January is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Here, we debunk some of the common myths and misconceptions about the disease.

 alz-1-GettyImages-159955150

Myth 1: It's just a normal part of aging

People used to believe "going senile" was just part of growing old – but symptoms are caused by a disease process. Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative brain disease involving physical changes to the brain – like the development of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles and nerve cells losing contact with each other or dying.

The disease is progressive and irreversible -- but it isn't inevitable as we age. In fact, experts say most people don't develop it.

Copyright 2017 ZoomerMedia Limited

Page 1 of 1012345...Last »
by:
Elizabeth Rogers