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Doctor insights on: What Is The Difference In Dementia Vs Alzheimers

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dementia (Definition)

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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What is the difference between alzeimers and dementia?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What is the difference between alzeimers and dementia?

Alzheimer: Alzheimer is one type of dementia where cognitive deficits are not directly caused by identifyable organic etiology. ...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 is the difference between the symptoms of Alzheimer's and dementia?

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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What is the difference between presenile dementia and regular dementia?

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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What is the difference between dementia and aphasia?

What is the difference between dementia and aphasia?

Ability vs Memory: Aphasia is a problem specifically of language. It is usually caused by damage to specific areas of the brain. The person may be able to understand others and know what they want to say, but are unable to form the words (expressive aphasia) Dementia is primarily a problem of memory. A person may forget a second language or be unable to remember the names for specific objects. ...Read more

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What is the difference between delirium and dementia?

What is the difference between delirium and dementia?

Attention vs memory: Delirium also known as acute confusional state involves difficulty with brain functioning in the context of an acute medical or surgical condition. Attention deficits are the hallmark and other symptoms include hallucinations, confusion, memory impairments and other areas. Dementia involves memory problems, loss of functioning and other brain impairments. It is usually progressive and permanent. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between vascular dementia and alzheimer's disease?

What is the main difference  between vascular dementia and alzheimer's disease?

The course: Vascular dementia may be caused by small strokes from which the person may partially recover. So the course of vascular dementia is like a staircase. Alzheimer's disease is usually more gradual progression of dementia although people may have good and bad days. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ADHD and dementia?

What is the difference between ADHD and dementia?

Adult ADHD is an: inability to focus on a specific thought or task for very long and includes hyperactivity on the part of the person. Dementia is unrelated and refers to memory loss and confusion and is primarily seen in older people. Peace and good health. ...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 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 is the difference between dementia and mania?

Difference: Dementia refers to brain degeneration, such as either Alzheimers (which involves plaques that build up in the brains cells and structures, or dementia because of restricted or otherwise disrupted blood flow to the brain. Mania refers to a neurotransmitter imbalance that markedly elevates mood, occasionally to the point of the sufferer becoming psychotic. ...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 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 is the difference between epilepsy and parkinson's?

What is the difference between epilepsy and parkinson's?

Parkinson's disease: Epilepsy is repetitive sudden change in behavior sometimes associated with convulsions, loss of consciousness, and confusion due to abnormal electrical discharge of the brain. Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder due to deficiency of a neurotransmitter in the brain called dopamine. Is characterized by tremors, rigidity, slowing of the movements, balance difficulties. ...Read more

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

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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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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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 definition of degenerative dementia?

What is the definition of degenerative dementia?

Dementia: Degenerative dementia generally refers to non-reversible loss of cognitive functioning, typically due to certain diseases like Alzheimer's. Dementia of this type cannot be stopped and functioning will continue to decline with progression of disease. ...Read more