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Dementia or Alzheimer’s?

When you hear someone diagnosed with dementia, what do you think that means? When you hear someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s what does that mean? You may think they are the same thing. In a way they are the same thing. So, what is the difference? The difference is that dementia is “not a specific disease. It's a term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities.” Basically, dementia is the overall term. Alzheimer’s is “a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.” Over time the brain cells are being attacked by what scientists believe are plaques and tangles. This disease is the most common form of dementia and is only diagnosed by a guessing game which is based on observations, tests, symptoms, or a PET scan. Now you know the difference and to learn more about the different types of dementia go to:


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