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Signs of Dementia? Signs of Alzheimers? What To Look For

Updated on January 12, 2013

The Notebook- A Great Movie About Dementia

It was when I watched the movie "The Notebook" that I was able to more clearly understand the signs of Dementia and the signs of Alzheimers. The movie portrays a women who developed the disease later in life. She had lead a very happy life and had very close relationships. The disease started off slowly then progresses to a point where she rarely recognized her loved ones. The movie showed how difficult Alzheimers and dementia is for family members to deal with as well as how difficult for the person dealing with it.


What Is Dementia?
What Is Dementia?

Normal Aging or Alzheimers?

Sometime its hard to tell if dementia is a result of normal aging or Alzheimer's disease. If it is Alzheimer's disease the processes cause many nerve cells to stop functioning, lose connections with other neurons, and die. Normal aging does not cause large numbers of neurons in the brain to die.

If Dementia or possibly Azheimer's is suspected, a doctors visit is necessary. To find out the facts about what is Alzheimer's and What is Dementia and start treatment to stop or slow down the process.

Dementia Sets In Slowly

What is Dementia? Is it the same as Alzheimers? Does it come on all at once or does demential set in slowly? For the most part dementia is not a specific disease. It is usually a collection of or several symptoms that makes a person unable to carry out everyday activities. Though memory loss may be a significant symptom, there are several others that may accompany dementia. Symptoms may include inability to solve problems and maintain emotional control, personality and behavioral changes, agitation, delusions and hallucinations. If a person with dementia has Alzheimers,mental functions will progressively get worse over time. Some other types of disorders can cause dementia that can be treated and reversed.

Signs Of Dementia


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      malonge 6 years ago from Western New York On Hubpages

      Thank you for the comments. I read your profile and you write very well. I too have elderly in-laws who need help in their aging process which I am learning to find bitter-sweet. Good luck with your father and keep writing.

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      Kristen Burns-Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      Malonge - Nice job of presenting the basic facts in a language that can be understood by the inexperienced or "Alzheimer's Newbie." I remember when I first started researching the disease after my dad's diagnosis in 2006. The diagnosis was a shock, and at that moment all I really wanted was a clear understanding of what we were dealing with so that I could process the diagnosis and prognosis. I would have like to have found your hub, instead of all of the technical and medical jargon that I had to wade through....(Although much of that jargon has in the last five years has become my second language, at that moment I wasn't ready for it.) Great job! I look forward to reading more hubs from you!

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      malonge 6 years ago from Western New York On Hubpages

      I will read your hub. Thanks

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      Kelley 6 years ago from California

      Since my mother has Alzheimer's, I could tell you a lot about it. Please read the hub I wrote about my experience with her. (I won't put a link here, because we're not supposed to do such things.) Anyway, the main difference between senile dementia and Alzheimer's is that Alzheimer's completely destroys the brain and eventually kills. Later!