Since our understanding level, when it comes to dementia, is not quite up to the mark, we don’t pay much attention to it. How many can raise their hands if we ask, “ What are the symptoms of dementia?” Not many I guess. Well, as hard it is to believe, it is a disease that can cause severe damage to you or your loved ones. Yes, you heard that right. Every year thousands and thousands of people are diagnosed with it raising an alarm that must wake us all. While few may still possess the knowledge on the subject matter, there are still few dementia myths that surround this deadly disease, and it’s time to debunk them.
As per Braintest, “while 47.5 million dementia patients are already diagnosed globally, 7.7 million new cases are found every year.”
Addressing the Myths
Here are the most common dementia myths:
- Dementia is often mistaken to be the same as Alzheimer’s disease.
People often believe that Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are not different diseases but the same. But this is not so. Both the diseases have common characteristics, but they are not the same. Dementia is often used for different symptoms. This means Alzheimer’s disease is a particular type of dementia.
- The people who have Dementia don’t get what’s happening to them.
One of the most common misconceptions about dementia is this. People believe ones who suffer from Dementia have problems in communicating efficiently, i.e., they don’t understand what’s going on around them. But actually, the division of the brain that is responsible for communication is different from the part that is responsible for awareness. Therefore, the people who have the disease have thoughts to communicate with others, but unfortunately, they find it difficult to relay them.
- It’s necessary to correct the person who has Dementia when they make any verbal mistake.
Most of the people who have Dementia will make verbal mistakes; they may call a person with the wrong name or may fail to recognize the identity of a person; or make a mistake when they tell a story. When someone wants to take care of these patients, they need to have a lot of patience. But they must not correct them when they make a mistake. When mistakes are corrected too often, it develops depression and creates confusion. Instead of doing this person should support their skills and boost them by asking several intriguing questions.
- Dementia is not deadly.
We have already mentioned that dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are not the same but are mistaken more often to be the same. Dementia is a bigger term that describes various diseases with similar types of symptoms. Usually, this disease can become deadly, if not taken proper care of. For instance, progressive brain damage is caused due to Alzheimer’s disease, which not only causes memory loss but also is deteriorating.
- Only older people get Dementia.
Many people have the opinion that Dementia affects only seniors, which is not true. Although getting dementia at an early age is less common, but young-onset dementia usually affects people of working age, more often between 30 and 65 years of age.
As per Dementia Statistics Hub, “At least 4% of the population diagnosed with Dementia isunder 65 years of age. The people under theage of 60s, 50s and even sometimes 40s get affected by this disease.”
These figures may get increased as well as these diseases are not easily diagnosed and young people especially have this misconception that they don’t get this disease.
Making Ourselves Aware
Dementia can have a very deteriorating effect on people suffering from it. An awareness programprobably can help people understand the range and scope of dementia.Myths and misconceptions can blur our point of perception towards this disease. With a little bit of understanding and support, people who haveDementia can live an almost normal life like others.