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Differences between senile dementia and altzheimers disease?

Differences between senile dementia and altzheimers disease?

They are the same: It used to be thought that alzheimers only happened to young people-what we now call early onset alzheimers dementia. It was also thought that getting senile happened to all older adults. We now know senility and dementia are not normal aging. ...Read more

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A brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older ...Read more


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Is Alzheimer's or dementia hereditary?

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Is Alzheimer's or dementia hereditary?

Yes to some degree: 60% of all pts with Alzheimer's Disease have first degree relative (often a parent) that had AD. There are genetic tests one called ApoE4 which can indicate you are low, medium or high risk in your life to develop this illness. I do not recommend such testing as there are no proven treatments that can slow or prevent Alzheimer's Disease from developing. Stay active mentally and physically! ...Read more

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What's the difference between senility, Alzheimer's and dementia?

What's the difference between senility, Alzheimer's and dementia?

Good question: Dementia is a general term to indicate loss of cognitive function due to a progressive disorder, and includes many diseases, including alzheimer's which is the most common cause of dementia. Senility supposedly refers to cognitive changes of aging, but is a corrupt term, as 50% of the elderly have relatively normal intellect by the age of 85. ...Read more

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

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

"senile" = outdated: The term "senile" was used in older classification systems and is no longer valid. It implies old age, cognitive impairment, and is very nonspecific. The appropriate descriptive terms for dementia should be the etiology (alzheimer's, vascular, picks, lewy body, and others). ...Read more

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Which is deadlier, vascular dementia or alzheimers?

Which is deadlier, vascular dementia or alzheimers?

Depends: A large stroke can lead to vascular dementia and if you had one stroke you are at high risk of having another. Alzheimer's has a more predictable progression in general but everyone is unique so generalizations are difficult. ...Read more

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Alzheimer's or vascular dementia, how to tell the difference?

Alzheimer's or vascular dementia, how to tell the difference?

Good question: The answer is too complex for a quickie but ad is a slower but definite progression until death. Vd is often sudden (stroke) but if no further strokes occur, may not progress or plateaus between. Many more differences covered well here: http://www.Alzheimers.Org.Uk/site/scripts/documents_info.Php?Documentid=133 best! ...Read more

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Whats the difference between presenile and senile dementia and altzheimers disease?

Dementia: Is a general term for memory loss. Presenile simply means a dementia that occurred before expected. Senile means dementia that has occurred at a "more appropriate" age. Alzheimer's is a particular type of dementia. ...Read more

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

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

Pathogenesis: Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neuro-degenrative disorder. Vascular dementias are the result of multiple infarcts in the brain due to diseases of blood vessels. ...Read more

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Neurodegenerative disease (alzeihmer) or dementia or depression in my grandparent?

Without knowing : Your grandparent, i can't say. All dementias are neurodegenerative illnesses in one way or another. And, yes, depression in older patients can present with memory problems. Have your grandparent evaluated by a geriatric psychiatrist to help you figure this out. ...Read more

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In what ways does vascular dementia differ from alzheimer's disease?

In what ways does vascular dementia differ from alzheimer's disease?

Strokes in VaD: Alzheimer's and vascular dementia (VAD) frequently co-exist. The main evidence for VAD is based on clinical or radiological evidence for stroke. ...Read more

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How do you distinguish between vascular dementia and alzheimers?

How do you distinguish between vascular dementia and alzheimers?

Not easy: Clinically, alzheimer's tends to be a smooth decline over time, while vascular dementia declines in steps, as small regions of the brain lose function. Neuropsychological testing may lend evidence for, but not prove, one cause or the other. A definitive diagnosis can only be made by brain biopsy (which is rarely done), or at autopsy. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia with Lewy bodies?

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What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia with Lewy bodies?

Hallucinations etc: Both Alzheimer's disease (AD) & dementia w/Lewy bodies (DLB) are different types of dementia w/memory loss in common. DLB presents w/hallucinations earlier in its course compared to AD. DLB also has Parkinsonian features such as tremors & stiffness early on while Parkinson's disease presents in reverse. Check out http://www.alz.org/health-care-professionals/differential-diagnosis-lewy-bodies.asp ...Read more

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What are the differences between vascular dementia and alzheimer's disease?

The course of illnes: Is one of the major differences. Vascular dementia shows a stepwise loss of memory and function, while alzheimer's course is slowly progressive. ...Read more

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What is the difference between presenile dementia and regular dementia?

Terminology: A difference in terminology... Presenile dementia referred to a dementia with onset prior to 60-> 65 yrs of age, whereas in dementia the onset was later than 65 years. The etiology of the dementia could be the same, that being a dementia of the alzheimer type, pick's disease, lewy body dementia, vascular dementia or mixed type. Some can be diagnosed by symptoms and imaging, tissue is gold standard. ...Read more

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Alzheimers versus Parkinson's disease, what's the difference?

Alzheimers versus Parkinson's disease, what's the difference?

Not associated: Both are disorders of "misfolded proteins" which deposit in the brain affecting specific nerve cell populations. The signs and symptoms are very different, such as tremors, gait imbalance, stiffness of parkinson's. The dementias are very different and treatments vary from case to case. It is rare, . ...Read more

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What's the difference between alzheimer's and dementia?

What's the difference between alzheimer's and dementia?

Same many times: Dementia is a syndrome with symptoms of memory loss and progressive decline in functioning. It is of many types, the most common type is alzheimer's dementia, cause here is unknown, the next common is multi infarct dementia usually seen in patients who have multiple strokes. ...Read more

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

Pathogenesis: Different dementias have different types of mechanisms that cause damage to the brain. Alzheimer's is a degenerative disease. Vascular dementia is due to small strokes. Vitamin deficiency is treatable cause if dementia, as are some other metabolic issue, e.g., thyroid disease. Other dementias have different pathologic processes. ...Read more

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How are alzheimer's disease and dementia different?

How are alzheimer's disease and dementia different?

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. ...Read more

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What's the difference between alzheimer's and dementia?

Same many times: Dementia is a syndrome with symptoms of memory loss and progressive decline in functioning. It is of many types, the most common type is alzheimer's dementia, cause here is unknown, the next common is multi infarct dementia usually seen in patients who have multiple strokes. ...Read more

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What is the difference alzheimer's disease and dementia ?

What is the difference alzheimer's disease  and dementia ?

Difference: Think alzheimer's in terms of changes to brain structure. Think of dementia in terms of change of blood flow. ...Read more

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

Pathogenesis: Different dementias have different types of mechanisms that cause damage to the brain. Alzheimer's is a degenerative disease. Vascular dementia is due to small strokes. Vitamin deficiency is treatable cause if dementia, as are some other metabolic issue, e.g., thyroid disease. Other dementias have different pathologic processes. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What are the differences in symptoms for Alzheimer's and dementia?

What are the differences in symptoms for Alzheimer's and dementia?

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. In Alzheimers problems forming new memories, trouble with word finding, getting lost and difficulty with problem solving are common. ...Read more

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What're the differences and similarities of dementia and alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's is one: Type of dementia. All dementias involved loss of memory and a loss of functioning, but different types of dementias can involve somewhat different symptoms, causes and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the symptoms of Alzheimer's and dementia?

Type of dementia : Dementia is a general term which refers to decline in memory severe enough to interfere with activities of daily living and functional status. There are different types of dementia- Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia. Clinical symptoms of Alzheimer's get worse over time. ...Read more

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

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

Hints no clear rules: Alzheimer's usually impairs recent memory initially, with preservation at first of distant memory and other cognitive functioning. Eventually more global deficits occur. Often ad is a "diagnosis of exclusion" i.e., the most likely possibility after other causes are ruled out. It can only be diagnosed for certain with brain tissue samples, which is generally only done after death. ...Read more

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

Dementia types: Alzheimer's disease is one type of dementia. It is a neurodegenerative dementia, which cannot be reversed and gradually worsens over time. However, some medications can help to slow the process. Other types of dementia include fronto-temporal dementia, lewy body dementia, and vascular dementia. Some dementias can be treated, so proper diagnosis is important. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between Alzheimer's disease and advanced dementia?

Different issues: Alzheimers is the most common type of dementia. If you have dementia and live long enough you will develop advanced dementia. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What's the difference between senility, Alzheimer's and dementia?

Good question: Dementia is a general term to indicate loss of cognitive function due to a progressive disorder, and includes many diseases, including alzheimer's which is the most common cause of dementia. Senility supposedly refers to cognitive changes of aging, but is a corrupt term, as 50% of the elderly have relatively normal intellect by the age of 85. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia with Lewy bodies?

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Hallucinations etc: Both Alzheimer's disease (AD) & dementia w/Lewy bodies (DLB) are different types of dementia w/memory loss in common. DLB presents w/hallucinations earlier in its course compared to AD. DLB also has Parkinsonian features such as tremors & stiffness early on while Parkinson's disease presents in reverse. Check out http://www.alz.org/health-care-professionals/differential-diagnosis-lewy-bodies.asp ...Read more

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My grandmother has vascular dementia does anybody know what behavioral difference is between this and alzheimers?

Can be quite similar: Vascular dementia causes deficits in the areas of the brain affected by stroke. Alzheimers disease causes problems with memory, language, making decisions, planning multistep tasks. And gradual decline in functioning. Behavioral symptoms - hallucinations, delusions, depression, anxiety, agitation, aggression, irritability, disinhibition, apathy, can occur with both illnesses. Some folks have both. ...Read more

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Alzheimer's or vascular dementia, how to tell the difference?

Good question: The answer is too complex for a quickie but ad is a slower but definite progression until death. Vd is often sudden (stroke) but if no further strokes occur, may not progress or plateaus between. Many more differences covered well here: http://www.Alzheimers.Org.Uk/site/scripts/documents_info.Php?Documentid=133 best! ...Read more

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

"senile" = outdated: The term "senile" was used in older classification systems and is no longer valid. It implies old age, cognitive impairment, and is very nonspecific. The appropriate descriptive terms for dementia should be the etiology (alzheimer's, vascular, picks, lewy body, and others). ...Read more

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

Pathogenesis: Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neuro-degenrative disorder. Vascular dementias are the result of multiple infarcts in the brain due to diseases of blood vessels. ...Read more

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