January 24, 2012

Approximately 60 percent of Americans believe that they can simply go to their doctor and take a reliable test to find out if they have Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, close to half of those surveyed believed there was a treatment available to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. Sadly, these are only a few of the common misconceptions people have about Alzheimer’s disease.

These ideas seem to stem from the large amount of publicity that Alzheimer’s research receives. And while there are often exciting breakthroughs in the Alzheimer’s field, it is important to understand the truth about the disease and its treatments so that patients can approach diagnoses realistically.

Do you have any misconceptions about Alzheimer’s? Find out what is fact and what is fiction in this article from the AARP.