Thursday, February 17

Simply Put, How is Alzheimer's Different from Dementia?


A down-to-Earth, plain English explanation of the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia.

  • Dr. Dale Atkins

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  1. There are many forms of dementia. Alzheimer's is a form of dementia. Dementia means that cognitive function is decreased due to some etiology. Many conditions can cause "dementia", but Alzheimer's is a dementia due to a subset of specific changes in the brain. Other forms of dementia are Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, etc.... So dementia and Alzheimer's are not necessarily different.

  2. There are many forms of dementia the same way that there are many forms of cancer. Dementia is the general term used for different stages of brain cells' degeneration, which is why we have AD, LBD and vascular dementia, etc., same as cancer is a general term for different forms of cancer which kills the cells in different parts of the body, which is why we have breast cancer, lung cancer etc., etc.

  3. What is the test for alzheimers? I took care of my mom(w/alz,) & Imade her a doctor appointment.let me just say this,i worked in home health & delt w/ alot of alz. Which everyone is differant so be ready for it.my mom was great but i didnt ask her questions, i had to go into her world to make things easier.and my own opinion EVERYONE needs to know that the others or caregivers, whoever has to go where she is coming from. That helps 100%.god bless youll& dont forget to take care of yourselfs.

  4. What is the difference please between Dementia and Vascular Dementia. The symptoms seem quite different from my research regarding my partner

    1. Vascular dementia is a type of dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term describing symptoms. Vascular dementia describes a specific disease caused by the brain's vascular system. To understand it better, simply go to the column of "Topics" and click on the topic, "VASCULAR DEMENTIA".

      Hope this helps.


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