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Are dementia and alzheimer's the same thing?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Dementia is general: Dementia describes illnesses that affect memory and other brain functions like speech, decision making, naming and ability to use tools. Alzheimers disease is the most common form of dementia and it first impairs being able to form a memory and difficulty with language. There are many other types of dementia, most commonly lewy body, frontal temporal lobe and vascular.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Not exactly.: Dementia is an illness with multiple causes, some treatable. Alzheimer's is just one type of dementia.
Dr. Steven Croft
Neurology 35 years experience
No: Dementia can be defined as a progressive decline in cognitive function. Alzheimer's is a one of the causes of dementia.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Dementia: Alzheimer is one form of Dementia.

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