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Past Misconceptions on Dementia

Past Misconceptions on Dementia

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Dementia misconceptions
Dementia misconceptions

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Published by: lisserrano on Jul 27, 2014
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Dementia: Past Misconceptions
Myth #1
: Dementia only affects other people...it cannot happen to me or to people I know. Dementia affects only the patient, not his or her family.
Fact:
 Uncertainty or confusion about the causes and effects of dementia may provide someone a rationale to deny that a family member has the illness because they do not belong in the "at risk" group. 6%-8% of people over age 65 have dementia and 33% of those over age 85 have some dementia symptoms.
 
Dementia: Past Misconceptions
Myth #2:
 People with dementia act in a certain way because of prior negative life experiences or childhood difficulties. People with dementia can control their behavior and do things deliberately. Failure to act properly is a result of laziness, stubbornness, resistance, or lack of motivation.
Fact:
 Illnesses such as dementia which lack obvious physical signs may lead people to misattribute someone's behavior to poor effort, malevolent intent, personality traits, or prior life experiences. If people assume behaviors are due to lack of morals, they may resort to reasoning with or re-educating the person.
 
Dementia: Past Misconceptions
Myth #3:
 People with dementia may act in a certain way because of a mental or learning disability.
Fact:
 People with dementia are not insane, crazy, necessarily psychotic, or learning disabled.

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