Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: Defined
Many people commonly make the mistake of using the terms “Alzheimer’s disease” and “dementia” interchangeably. There is even confusion among caregivers, family, and patients themselves. Both diseases, in many ways, are still a mystery, which explains the common misunderstandings of the conditions. However, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are not the same.
Dementia is a broad term for a brain disorder that affects communication and creates functional impairment in everyday activities. It is associated with the cognitive and functional decline that comes with aging; however, dementia can be caused by other medical conditions. The cause of dementia is determined through blood tests, brain scans, and mental evaluations. Common causes include Parkinson’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and Huntington’s disease.
A person may be diagnosed with dementia when a broad set of symptoms is present. Some forms of dementia may actually be reversed or treated. For example, dementia, which occurs due to drug interaction or vitamin deficiency, may only be temporary. Others forms of dementia are more difficult to treat.
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia. It has its own subset of symptoms that specifically affect memory, thought control, and speech. It accounts for 50% to 70% of all diagnosed cases of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is degenerative and is not reversible; progression may only be slowed down.
Various forms of dementia can be treated, but treatment should be administered by a seasoned medical facility that can provide proper communication and meticulous care. If you or a loved one have been denied the quality of life desired that you suspect is due to the onset of dementia, medical research may be something to consider.
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