This World Alzheimer’s Day, the charity Dementia UK has compiled the six most common misconceptions about Alzheimer’s disease, heard by our specialist dementia nurses. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for about 60 per cent of diagnoses.
The misconceptions about getting a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease are:
- You have to stop driving immediately
- You have to give up work
- From the time of diagnosis, you have to be treated differently by friends and family
- You will immediately lose the ability to make decisions (loss of capacity)
- Someone else will have to manage your finances
- You will have memory problems
Dementia UK works with families affected by dementia through its specialist Admiral Nurse service. Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses with the knowledge and experience to help families cope in the toughest of times.
Paul Edwards, Clinical Director of Dementia UK, said: “There is a lot of fear and uncertainty about Alzheimer’s disease. Many people actually put off getting a diagnosis because they are worried about having to immediately give up work or stop driving. But every diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is as different as the person who receives it. Many people are able to continue working, driving and living full and productive lives after a diagnosis. Indeed, getting that diagnosis means getting the advice from your GP and access to the specialist support which can enable people with dementia to retain their independence for as long as possible.”