Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia - What's the Difference?

  • What's the difference between Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Click here to Read
  • One of the first questions that arise with the behavioral patterns Mom or Dad may be exhibiting is: Does my Mom/Dad have Alzheimer’s or Dementia?

    At Evergreen Cottages, "Memory Care" is our specialty, Alzheimer's and Dementia can be confusing let's examine the differences and similarities:

    Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out simple tasks.

    In most people withAlzheimer's and Dementia symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s.

    Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.

    Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning – thinking, remembering, and reasoning – and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities.

    The risk of Alzheimer’s disease increases with age, so it’s important to watch for certain changes in behavior; such as:
    • Increased confusion
    • Short term memory problems (for example, asking the same question over and over)
    • Reduction in or loss of ability to do everyday activities
      Other possible symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia are:
      Seizures that begin in adulthood Problems with coordination and walking Reduced ability to pay attention Behavior and personality changes, such as wandering and being less social Decreased fine motor control Difficulty finding one’s way around familiar areas

      As confusing as this may sound, Dementia is often an effect of Alzheimer's Disease. However, having symptoms of Dementia does not mean that a person has Alzheimer's Disease.

      Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can have high physical, emotional, and financial costs. The demands of day-to-day care, changes in family roles, and decisions about placement in a safe and caring place can be difficult. Becoming well-informed about the disease is one important strategy.

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    Last modified on Friday, 31 March 2023 17:51