Difference Between Dementia And Alzheimer's

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Difference Between Alzheimer's vs Dementia: Everything You Should Know Intro Alzheimer’s and dementia are commonly confused as the same condition however, they are biologically different. Alzheimer’s is a disease but dementia is a set of symptoms. In other words, Alzheimer’s is always a form of dementia, but dementia is not always a form of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is, however, the most common form of dementia. Although they are biologically different, both conditions share many of the same symptoms, such as a decline in thought processing ability, memory and ability to communicate. When a person is diagnosed with dementia, they are diagnosed with a set of symptoms and may not know the cause immediately without extensive testing. Alzheimer’s-…show more content…
While some of the above symptoms of Alzheimer’s will overlap with dementia, there are other symptoms that are excluded or included in dementia that help to make a differential diagnosis. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Over 70% of all dementia cases are thought to be caused by Alzheimer’s. It is also vital to understand how dementia occurs and how to differentiate dementia from Alzheimer’s to properly treat and manage the condition. Dementia- What is it? Dementia is a syndrome, not a disease, unlike Alzheimer’s. It can occur when certain brain cells are damaged by various infections, diseases, head injuries or imbalances. This damage interferes with the ability of brain cells to communicate with each other. When brain cells are unable to communicate normally, thinking, behavior and feelings can be affected. Different brain cells are affected by different types of dementia. When brain cells in a particular region are affected, that area of brain function is…show more content…
While clearly Alzheimer’s and dementia show similar symptoms and overlap in some diagnostic testing and treatments, they are not the same condition. Dementia is a syndrome and Alzheimer’s is a disease Dementia is shown to be caused by many different issues, with Alzheimer’s being the most frequent cause. Alzheimer’s may be a form of dementia but dementia is not always a form of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s develops gradually over time. Dementia can be brought on in a short amount of time by things such as infections, trauma, and alcohol. Alzheimer’s does not currently have a cure and is not reversible, while dementia can be cured in some instances. However, continuing research is being done to explore the impact of other risk factors for brain health and prevention of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Cardiovascular health, diet, and exercise are the three most active areas of research for prevention at this

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