- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
Difference Between Alzheimers And Dementia
The difference between Alzheimer's and Dementia are:
Alzheimer's is a brain Disease that causes problemes with memory,thinking and behavior. Symptoms develope usually slowly and worsen over time which will interfere with daily task . Alzheimer's is the most common form of Dementia.
Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging although the known risk factor is increasing age, the majority of people with Alzheimer's are the age of 65 or older. Alzheimer's isn't just a disease of old age. Individuals with the disease have an early onset which appears in there 40's and 50's.
Alzheimer's ia a progressive disease and there are stages of the disease. Early stages of Alzheimer's is a mild loss of memory and as it progresses into the late stages individuals lose the ability to carry a conversation and become more forgetful.
Alzheimers Disease is commonly equated with the term Dementia, However there are many causes of Dementia. Distinguishing Alzheimers from other causes of Dementia is not always easy and straight forward as defining these terms. In order for an individual to be diagnosed properly they need to see a physician due to the Disease causing microscopic brain abnormalities that we can't see.
There is no current cure for Alzheimer's but there are treatments for the symptoms of the disease. The lifespan of an individual that has been just diagnosed with Alzheimer's is usually from 3 to 20 years from the time the symptoms became noticeable to others.
Dementia is an impairment of thinking and memory that interferes with a persons ability to do things which he or she previously was able to do. Most types of dementia are non-reversible, Which means changes in the brain that are causing the Dementia can't be stopped or turned back. Alzheimer's is the most common type of Dementia.
Lewy body disease is a leading cause of Dementia in elderly adults. People with this condition have abnormal protein structures in certain areas of the brain. Dementia can be caused do to many small strokes. This is called vascular Dementia. Causes of dementia may be stopped or reversed if found soon enough like brain tumors, low vitamin B12 levels,changes in blood sugar, sodium and calcium levels, certain medications, alcohol abuse.
Dementia usually occurs in older aged people, it's rarely seen in people under 60. Dementia symptoms include difficulty of mental function such as language, perception, memory,emotional behavior or personality, judgement and thinking. Forgetfulness appears to be the first sign of Dementia. As Dementia becomes worse there symptoms worsen and people forget details of current events, forget who you are, they'll have difficulty reading,writing,eating,they will have agitation,delusions,and depression. They will withdraw from social contact. Dementia as well as Alzheimer's needs to be diagnosed by a physician.
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