The blog has mostly been about biking, no big surprise. But I also set out to talk about dementia. I´m doing this trip in collaboration with Dementia Forum X and Alzheimerfonden with the common goal to raise funds for dementia research and education. So, don’t forget to hit the donate button. But meanwhile I would like to talk to you about some common myths about dementia. This is just a few of them.
Dementia is a natural part of getting old
No. Although an increasing percentage is diagnosed with dementia, the older one gets, it is not “part of getting old”. 1 in 14 people over the age of 65 will develop dementia and as the population gets older that number will increase.
Those who live with dementia do not know about it
Nope, wrong. With dementia comes communicative difficulties, this is true but communication and awareness is handled in different parts of the brain. That means you can have thoughts, but you cannot communicate them. Imagine that.
Dementia is not fatal
Not an easy question to answer, dementia is the umbrella term for many diseases with certain symptoms. Alzheimer for example is degenerative and as of today without a cure.
This is just the top of the iceberg and I will certainly come back to this topic.