The difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

The difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

For decades, seniors and their loved ones have sometimes been confused by the terms, “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s disease.” Some people use the terms interchangeably, as if they were one and the same thing, but they are not. “Dementia” is a broad term that means a decline in mental function, including impaired thinking and memory. Although it is often associated with aging, dementia can occur in younger people and it may be caused by several different issues. Chronic alcoholism or drug abuse and Parkinson’s disease are sometimes the origin of a broad set of symptoms that doctors call “dementia.” Vascular dementia, caused by conditions that block or reduce blood flow to the brain, is the second most common cause of dementia in older people. Often, people don't suspect vascular dementia when forgetfulness becomes difficult. Whatever the cause, when these symptoms become severe enough to interfere with daily living, a physician may make the diagnosis of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is a specific medical condition that...
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