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