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What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, in the simplest of terms?
Dementia is an umbrella term that describes a wide variety of symptoms including memory loss and mental decline. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. A simple way to look at the differences is to recognize that Alzheimer’s is the disease and dementia is the symptom of the disease.
Dementia is not a disease ~ rather it’s a bunch of symptoms that affect a persons memory, reasoning skills and eventually, their independence.
Alzheimer’s disease is just one of many neurological disorders. Other related disorders include Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Pick’s disease, Lewy-Body disease, Depression and Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus.
To learn more about the differences between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as other related disorders, visit www.eldercareathome.com
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