Wednesday, January 1

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

Comment or Share:

  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.


Your comments (up to 200 words):