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Whats the difference between dementia and alzheimers?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Dementia: There are many kinds and causes of dementia. Alzheimer disease is one of them.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Concepts: Dementia refers to chronic and progressive cognitive deterioration. Amongst the many causes, Alzheimer’s is most frequent in older adults
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Dementia/Alzheimer: Dementia is a decline in mental function that is usually irreversible. It interferes with daily life. It can have disorientation, disorganization, language impairment, mood change, personality change and memory loss. Alzheimer’s is a specific brain disease that progressively and irreversibly destroys memory and thinking skills. It takes away the ability to carry out even the simplest tasks

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

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What is the difference alzheimer's disease and dementia ?

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