If you or a loved one was recently diagnosed with dementia, you might feel shocked and frightened. You might also be confused about what this diagnosis really means. What is dementia? How will it affect you and your family? There are likely a ton of questions swirling in your head and very few answers.
One thing you need to be careful about is the misinformation that seems to be going around concerning dementia. Here are lies you’ve been told about dementia that you shouldn’t believe.
1. Dementia can’t happen to younger people
Most people associate dementia with older people, but this condition is not just limited to the older population. Young people can get dementia, too. Among the more than 5 million Americans battling Alzheimer’s disease, up to 5% have the early-onset type, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It’s common for people with early-onset Alzheimer’s to be diagnosed in their 40s and 50s.
Next: Dementia comes with many different symptoms.