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What S The Difference Between Dementia And Alzheimer's 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Genetics: Huntington's is a familial genetic disorder causing a flailing involuntary movement of limbs called chorea, and is progressive with poor medical control. Parkinson's is more of a degenerative disorder, mostly in men, occurring later in life, associated with a resting tremor, and many therapies can help. Both diseases can cause dementia. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"senile" = outdated: The term "senile" was used in older classification systems and is no longer valid.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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Read up: Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disease of a part of the brain that produces dopamine, and results in deterioration of movement and thinking. It generally affects older adults. Tourette's disease is an inherited disorder that generally shows up in childhood, and manifests with vocal and motor tics. The two conditions are different neurological illnesses with different treatments. ...Read more
Different meanings.: Parkinson's was once termed "shaking palsy" and also, "paralysis agitans". Both terms described tremors in presence of slowed or hesitant activity, but really ignored the true meanings which are indicative of inability to use a limb due to weakness of other etiologies. The term palsy is used rarely nowadays, and hopefully, we are a bit more precise now. ...Read more
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
Major: Wilson's: inherited disease of copper metabolism, with wing-beating tremors, dystonia, ataxia, speech issues, liver abnormalities. Diagnosed with copper and ceruloplamin levels, and slit lamp. MS: autoimmune disorder of brain, spinal cord, and eye, not genetic, not affecting liver, causing visual, strength, balance, coordination, cognitive and fatigue issues, diagnosed by MRI brain and cord. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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