Millions of people around the world live with dementia. Some people show certain warning signs, while others show none. Your level of risk depends on a number of factors, including where you live and whether or not you have another health condition.
Being informed is one of the most important steps you can take before or after a diagnosis. There are plenty of dementia myths out there — and your future health might depend on knowing the facts instead of the lies.
Myth No. 1: Dementia is not a deadly disease
Because dementia is a disease that progresses slowly — sometimes over a span of years — it’s common to think it can’t kill you. In reality, Alzheimer’s disease, just one form of the illness, is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States.
Next: There’s actually more than one type of dementia.