Alzheimer's myths busted: Experts reveal the six most common misconceptions patients have

Mail Online | 9/22/2018 | Sam Blanchard Health Reporter For Mailonline
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Six of the most common misconceptions asked by people facing Alzheimer's disease have been revealed.

Worrying they will have to stop driving, give up work, and will have memory problems right away are among patients' top concerns.

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People also fear they will be treated differently by family and friends, someone else will have to manage their money and they will become unable to make decisions.

Experts worry people are being put off seeing a doctor because they're so worried about how their life will change.

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But they reassure patients many can live normal lives with Alzheimer's disease and getting diagnosed sooner will make it easier to treat the brain condition.

Dementia UK has revealed what their helpline nurses are most often asked about to mark World Alzheimer's Day today, Friday September 21.

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A staggering 50 million people around the world have dementia, and Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of the brain condition.

There are around 850,000 Brits living with dementia, as well as 5.7 million Americans and 342,000 Australians.

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Between 60 and 70 per cent of people with dementia are thought to be Alzheimer's patients.

The disease worsens over time and is caused by a build-up of proteins in the brain which damages connections between nerves, killing off parts of the organ.

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However, the disease is not an immediate decline and people can live normal lives for years after their diagnosis, experts say.

Dementia UK nurses run a helpline and have revealed people's most common fears when they're diagnosed are:

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But Paul Edwards, clinical director of the charity, reassures people these misconceptions are not true and an Alzheimer's diagnosis is not the end of the road.

He said: 'There is a lot of fear and uncertainty about Alzheimer’s disease.

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