Many myths surround Alzheimer's disease, a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person's memory and ability to learn, reason, communicate and even perform daily activities.

One myth, in particular, is that significant memory loss is a natural part of aging. But experts now recognize that this is a symptom of a serious illness.

Another misconception is that Alzheimer's is not fatal. While it begins with destruction of brain cells that are important for memory, the eventual loss of cells in other areas of the brain leads to the failure of essential body systems.

Many people think that drinking beverages from aluminum cans or cooking food in aluminum pots can lead to Alzheimer's. But the Alzheimer's Association says there is no scientific proof of a link between aluminum exposure and the disease.

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