What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? Alzheimer’s disease is a specific disease, while dementia is an umbrella term for many memory-related conditions.
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DWIGHT: What are the similarities and differences between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia? Dementia is a broad word for any irreversible mental declines. There are many types of brain changes such as Alzheimer’s Disease, vascular dementia, alcohol-related dementia, or Parkinson’s disease. Any medical conditions that cause serious memory problems are types of dementia. Dementia is the umbrella of memory loss category and Alzheimer’s disease is in that category. Alzheimer’s disease is not the deadliest disease out of other forms of dementia, but it is the most common form of dementia. Slowly, this disease will make memory and thinking skills more worse. Eventually, Alzheimer’s disease will take away the person’s ability to do simple tasks. It is difficult to identify a person who is having memory problems because there are many forms of dementia. It is so important to keep an eye on your loved ones for any symptoms, and if the symptoms are present, then bring them to your primary care doctor for some tests.
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