What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

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One of the most commonly asked questions in memory care is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Though they are quite often (and mistakenly) used interchangeably, there are key differences that will help distinguish the two. Since approaches to Alzheimer’s and dementia care can also vary, it’s even more crucial for medical professionals, patients, and families to understand the differences. Dr. Richard London, Medical Director of Silverado Oak Village Community explains how they differ: What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term for the group of symptoms in which the human brain no longer processes information like it used to.  Symptoms can include impaired memory, forgetfulness, or difficulty carrying out day-to-day tasks like driving.  If a person is diagnosed with dementia, they are not diagnosed with a disease, but a set of symptoms.

Alzheimer’s disease is a very specific kind of dementia, and also the most common. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include impaired thought, speech, or extreme disorientation.  At this time, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, as it is degenerative and incurable.

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