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A 40-year-old member asked:

I want to know what is the difference between dementia and alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dementia is general.: Dementia describes a collection of brain symptoms including memory impairment, problems using or understanding words, loss of functioning and judgement and other symptoms. Alzheimers disease is the most common type of dementia, nearly 70% of those with dementia have alzheimers and age is the biggest risk factor. Other types of dementia include vascular, lewy body, alcoholic, and parkinsons.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
AD is a dementia: Dementia describes a collection of brain symptoms including memory impairment, problems using or understanding words, loss of functioning and judgement and other symptoms. Alzheimers disease is the most common type of dementia, nearly 70% of those with dementia have alzheimers and age is the biggest risk factor. Other types of dementia include vascular, lewy body, alcoholic, and parkinsons.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

I want to know what is the difference between dementia and alzheimers?

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Dr. Eric Farbman
Neurology 27 years experience
Dementia is 1 kind: Most of the time when people say dementia, they mean alzheimer's. There are other less common forms of dementia. There is one that can happen from small strokes called vascular dementia. Another has memory issues, hallucinations, and parkinsonism called lewy body dementia. There is a very unusual one called frontotemporal dementia, and there are dementias from other causes such as infection.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Please advise what is the difference between dementia and alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Alzheimer's is: A very specific and the most common form of dementia. Dementia can be caused by several other factors, many of which can be controlled, at times even reversed.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How do you tell the difference between alzheimer's disease and other dementia?

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Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 35 years experience
Neuropsych eval: There are different characteristics for each type of dementia that maybe very clear to a doc or may need further eval by a neuropsychologist. A clinician well versed in management of dementias can usually diagnose with a physical and complete medical eval.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Do you know if Alzheimer's disease is all hereditary?

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
Addiction Medicine 54 years experience
Yes.: However, dementia is not all due to Alzheimer's. Some are Vascular dementia, orbito-frontal dementia, Lewy Body dementia often associated with Parkinson's Disease, dementia from Huntington's Disease, Traumatic brain injuries . It is difficult to differentiate these dementias because they present in much the same way . A good history is very important.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Kalyn Diamond
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Alz =1 type dementia: The term 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms which include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. These symptoms may occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases. Alzheimer’s is the most common (but not the only) cause of dementia.

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