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Myths and Facts

Myth: "Alzheimer’s disease is not fatal."

Fact: Alzheimer’s disease has no survivors. It destroys brain cells and causes memory changes, erratic behaviors and loss of body functions. It slowly and painfully takes away a person’s identity, ability to connect with others, think, eat, talk, walk and find his or her way home.

Myth: "Only older people can get Alzheimer’s."

Fact: Alzheimer’s can strike people in their 30s, 40s and 50s. This is called younger-onset Alzheimer’s. Of the 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, an estimated 5.1 million people are age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals are under age 65.

Myth: "Treatments are available to stop the progression."

Fact: At this time, there is no treatment to cure, delay, or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. FDA-approved drugs temporarily slow worsening of symptoms for about six to 12 months on average for about half of the individuals who take them.

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