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Are senile dementia and alzheimer's nearly the same disease?

Are senile dementia and alzheimer's nearly the same disease?

Controversial: For some drs. They are the same. Some neurologists make a difference based on the age of presentation ( the older most likely "senile" ) and probably other features. The term alzheimer's is reserved for most insidious earlier onset. For a detailed discussion... .http://www.alzinfo.org/08/about-alzheimers/senile-dementia. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Alzheimer's Disease (Definition)

Alzheimer's disease is a progressively worsening brain disorder that affects memory. Symptoms usually begin with increasing forgetfulness and confusion and can progress to the inability to complete simple daily tasks. The cause of Alzheimer's is still generally unknown. Most patients with Alzheimer's usually become ...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"senile" = outdated: The term "senile" was used in older classification systems and is no longer valid.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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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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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 does senile dementia mean?

What does senile dementia mean?

Dementia: Loss of cognitive ability (ie dementia) that occurs in old age (senile). This could include alzheimers or multi infarct (from strokes). ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of senile dementia?

Memory loss: Senile dementia, now more commonly called alzheimers disease presents intiallty with short term memory loss, but there may be behavioral changes as well. A dementia is diagnosed when one can no longer remain independent because of cognitive impairment. Other areas of brain function are affected as well including visuospatial, reasoning and the ability to perform basic activities of living. ...Read more

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Is there hereditary component of senile dementia?

Is there hereditary component of senile dementia?

Yes to DAT and FTD: For early onset Alzheimer's, there are 3 rare genes that increase risk markedly. These are very rare. For late onset, there in one gene that elevates risk some. For frontotemporal dementias, genetics are behind about 40% of those cases. ...Read more

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What does senile dementia uncomplicated mean?

Old terminology: Senile dementia is an old term for what we now call late onset alzheimer's disease.. Uncompicated means without delusions, depression or other behavior disturbance. ...Read more

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What does "senile dementia, uncomplicated" mean?

Usually Alzheimers : before the 1970's Alzheimers was thought to be rare and develop before age 65. It was also wrongly thought that all older people developed senility or dementia. So the term senile dementia was used but this is now known to be late onset Alzheimer's. Uncomplicated usually means without behavior disturbance. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease(AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia are some ...Read more