Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia are frequently used interchangeably.
But the two medical problems are not one and the same thing. When dementia is the diagnosis, it indicates the patient who’s cognitive skills are fading.
Because they can’t think as clearly as they used to, this can affect their day-to-day life. He, or she, may no longer be able to perform tasks that were once no problem for them. Click here for a more in-depth discussion
People used to simply say that older people were senile instead of using the word dementia. Everyone understood this meant they were getting older and their mind wasn’t as sharp.
Dementia doesn’t have one cause alone. There can be numerous reasons a person develops this condition. Some forms of dementia, such as prescription medicine induced dementia, can be treated and the symptoms will go away.
Other forms of dementia involve things like the brain not getting enough oxygen due to a primary disease. If the underlying disease is successfully treated, these types of dementia is also reversed.
It would take a doctor’s diagnosis to accurately confirm if a person had become senile or if the dementia was the result of another disease or ailment.
Alzheimer’s Disease is a disease and not a symptom like dementia is. It’s also not considered a condition. However, having Alzheimer’s Disease can cause dementia. This is usually why people are confused between the two.
One of the big differences in someone who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and someone diagnosed with dementia can be cleared up with the right medical tests.
When someone has Alzheimer’s, the brain scans are vastly different from someone who has dementia. Foremost, there are protein deposits on the brain of someone who has Alzheimer’s Disease.
If, on the brain scan, the structure of the brain shows signs of shrinkage, it’s often an indication of Alzheimer’s Disease. The brain volume of someone without Alzheimer’s won’t show this shrinkage. The brain cells on the scan of someone with Alzheimer’s will also show less activity than someone without the disease.
Half of all dementia cases are diagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease. This is a progressive disease that currently has no cure. Symptoms can include forgetting things, people, time and getting lost.
Someone with the dementia may appear confused, agitated and angry. They may ask the same question repeatedly. As the disease progresses, the patient can become aggressive due to the changes in the brain. Read more here
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