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How are alzheimer's and dementia different?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Terminology: Dementia is a general term indicative of cognitive deterioration secondary to a variety of causes. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia in the elderly. However, it is important to sort out the different causes, as some are treatable and reversible, such as vitamin deficiencies, small strokes, medication adverse effects, etc.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Dementia is general: Alzheimers disease is the most common type of dementia.
Dr. Kenneth Adler
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Dementia: Alzheimer's is one type of dementia. There are many other types of dementia.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how are alzheimer's and dementia different?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Slice of whole pie: Think of dementia as a whole pie or pizza. Alzheimer disease is the largest slice followed by vascular dementia. There are even smaller slices called Lewy body, frontotemporal dementia, etc. In other words, Alzheimer disease is a type of dementia. Check out http://www.alz.org/dementia/types-of-dementia.asp for more info.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What are the different stages of Alzheimer's and dementia?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 33 years experience
Alzheimer Stages: There are 7 stages; 1.Normal daily functions. 2.Minimal cognitive changes with lapses in memory. 3.Can't recall names, misplaces objects. 4.Forgets recent events or personal details, moody, socially withdrawn. 5.Disoriented to time or place. 6.Reduced awareness of surroundings. can't recognize close family, agitation at night (sundowning).incontinent, wanders. 7.Unresponsive, needs total care.

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