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A 40-year-old member asked:

How are alzheimer's disease and dementia different?

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Dr. Ladislav Volicer
63 years experience
See below: Alzheimer's disease is one of the diseases that cause dementia. Dementia is a syndrome that can be also caused by a stroke, dementia with lewy bodies, brain injury, normal pressure hydrocephalus and other conditions.
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 30 years experience
Square vs. Rectangle: Dementia is a term for a group of disorders that are characterized by degeneration of certain parts of the brain and cause problems with thinking, comprehension, language and various other cognitive abilities. Alzheimer's dementia is one kind of dementia. Just as all squares are rectangles, but the not all rectangles are squares, alzheimer's is a kind of dementia, but the reverse is not true.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the different stages of Alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics 22 years experience
3 stages: Mild, moderate and severe are the 3 stages of alzheimer's disease. The stage is determined by several factors.
A 50-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
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lapses in memory. 3.Can't recall names, misplaces objects. 4.Forgets recent events or personal details, moody, socially withdrawn. 5.Disoriented to time or place. 6.Reduced awareness of surroundings.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.
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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A 19-year-old female asked about a 87-year-old female:

What is the difference alzheimer's disease and dementia ?

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Difference: Think alzheimer's in terms of changes to brain structure. Think of dementia in terms of change of blood flow.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Are there other types of dementias besides alzheimer's disease?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: Alzheimer's disease or alzheimer's dementia is the most common type of dementia. Roughly 7 out 10 who have dementia have alzheimers. Other common types are are vascular, frontal temporal lobe, lewy body, alcohol or other substance induced types. There are many many rare causes of dementia.

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