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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These are some of the warning signs of dementia

These are some of the warning signs of dementia

| Written by Dr. Regina Asihene | The term dementia simply means significant memory loss.  There are several causes that lead to memory loss that is added to describe dementia: Alzheimer's dementia—due to age Amyloid plaques and tangled fibers build up in brain and there is a loss of connection between nerve cells Vascular dementia—due to strokes It is caused from damage to the vessels that supply blood to the brain Lewy body dementia Abnormal protein deposits in the brain, called Lewy bodies, affect brain chemistry and lead to problems with behavior, mood, movement and thinking Frontotemporal disorders—due to degenerative damage to the brains frontal and temporal lobes It happens in people under age 65. Symptoms might include apathy, difficulty communicating, walking or working, emotional changes and impulsive or inappropriate behaviors. Alcohol induced dementia Parkinson's induced dementia Here are some of the warning signs that a person may have dementia: Difficulty with everyday tasks Everyone makes mistakes, but people with dementia have...
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