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15 things most people get wrong about Alzheimer's and dementia

Two women, patients with Alzheimer's and dementia, dance inside the Alzheimer foundation in Mexico City Image: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (MEXICO - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) - GM1E84L15HS01

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Patients with Alzheimer's and dementia are sit inside the Alzheimer foundation in Mexico City April 19, 2012
Patients with Alzheimer's and dementia are sit inside the Alzheimer foundation in Mexico City April 19, 2012. Image: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
An inmate sits in a cellblock which mainly houses prisoners with cognitive decline, Alzheimer's, and dementia, at the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, California, U.S., May 24, 2018.
An inmate sits in a cellblock which mainly houses prisoners with cognitive decline, Alzheimer's, and dementia, at the California Health Care Facility in Stockton, California, U.S., May 24, 2018. Image: REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Laura, 60, a patient with Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, and former computer programming and psychology student.
Laura, 60, a patient with Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, and former computer programming and psychology student. Image: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
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An Alzheimer's patient exercises during a therapy session. Exercising regularly is a lifestyle factor that can influence your risk of dementia.
An Alzheimer's patient exercises during a therapy session. Exercising regularly is a lifestyle factor that can influence your risk of dementia. Image: REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Two-year-old Rhys Daniels, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder Batten's disease. The progression of Batten's disease leads to dementia and blindness and  occurred in Rhys before the age of 7. He died just before the age of 8.
Two-year-old Rhys Daniels, who suffered from the rare genetic disorder Batten's disease. The progression of Batten's disease leads to dementia and blindness and occurred in Rhys before the age of 7. He died just before the age of 8. Image: REUTERS/Simon Kreitem
Dan Garrett of the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London watches as a visitor tastes food using Tasteworks technology, a Virtual Reality experience that augments and stimulates taste. Tasteworks was developed from a study of dementia patients' communication difficulties.  Such patients with deteriorating recognition capabilities may find eating stressful and unenjoyable.
Dan Garrett of the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London watches as a visitor tastes food using Tasteworks technology, a Virtual Reality experience that augments and stimulates taste. Tasteworks was developed from a study of dementia patients' communication difficulties. Such patients with deteriorating recognition capabilities may find eating stressful and unenjoyable. Image: REUTERS/Edgar Su
David Cameron (L) speaks with professors Nick Fox and Martin Rossor as he stands next to a Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London March 26, 2012. Cameron announced that funding for research into dementia would be doubled to 66 million pounds by 2015.  Funding went towards finding a cure but one has yet to be found.
David Cameron (L) speaks with professors Nick Fox and Martin Rossor as he stands next to a Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London March 26, 2012. Cameron announced that funding for research into dementia would be doubled to 66 million pounds by 2015. Funding went towards finding a cure but one has yet to be found. Image: REUTERS/Mark Richards/pool
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