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Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

brainDementia vs Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia is an impairment of thinking and memory deficit. It impedes one’s ability to perform things which he or she previously was able to perform. It is a symptom; similarly pain is a symptom of injuries and illnesses. Depending on the cause of the pain, the treatment will vary. In this case one of the causes for the dementia could be Alzheimer’s disease, but there are other diseases can cause dementia such as injury to the brain caused by tumors or head injury, strokes, Parkinson’s disease, and long term alcohol abuse.

Alzheimer’s disease is a very common cause of dementia, and it is more common in elderly. Since it is a common cause of dementia, the term ‘Alzheimer’s disease‘ is interchangeably used to describe dementia.

Physicians mostly prefer the word “dementia,” since Alzheimer’s has become such a loaded word. “Dementia” sounds less frightening to patients and family members; therefore even the experts have started using the words interchangeably.

Summary:

  • Dementia is the symptom of a deterioration of intellectual abilities leading from different disease or disorder of the brain.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is one of the diseases that cause dementia.

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