Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are often used interchangeably as many people believe that one means the other. In fact, the distinction between the two diseases often causes confusion on the behalf of patients, families and caregivers. Discover how the two diagnoses, while related, are remarkably different.What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
According to the Center for Disease Control, Alzheimer’s disease is a common cause of dementia causing as many as 50 to 70% of all dementia cases. In fact, Alzheimer’s is a very specific form of dementia. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include impaired thought, impaired speech, and confusion. Doctors use a variety of screenings to determine the cause of dementia including blood tests, mental status evaluations and brain scans.
What is dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term for a set of symptoms including impaired thinking and memory. It is a term that is often associated with the cognitive decline of aging. However, issues other than Alzheimer’s can cause dementia. Other common causes of dementia are Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Our CAREgivers are trained to work with clients who have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Their knowledge and skills help the client and their family cope with the devastating effects of these diseases.
Remember, when you have seen one person with dementia then you have seen ONE person with dementia.
Our CAREgivers know that each client and family are unique with unique needs. We will be there to support you and your loved ones to maintain the highest quality of life possible.
“When someone with Alzheimer’s believes something to be true, it is true – in an Alzheimer’s World”