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

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Michael Pierce
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

"dementia" is a general term for a decline in cognitive capacity from what was previously achieved (unlike developmental disabilities.
) "senile" means it occurs after the age of 65. "pre-senile" means before the age of 65. Alzheimer's, or "senile dementia, alzheimer type" is a particular pattern of dementia, distinguished from vascular dementia, fronto-temporal dementia, or other dementias.

In brief: Yes

"dementia" is a general term for a decline in cognitive capacity from what was previously achieved (unlike developmental disabilities.
) "senile" means it occurs after the age of 65. "pre-senile" means before the age of 65. Alzheimer's, or "senile dementia, alzheimer type" is a particular pattern of dementia, distinguished from vascular dementia, fronto-temporal dementia, or other dementias.
Dr. Michael Pierce
Dr. Michael Pierce
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In brief: No

Alzehimer's is also called "pre-senile" dementia to show that it is not related just to aging.
There are differences in the pathways of how the diseases develop. Plaques are found in the brain matter of alzheimer patients that are not seen in senile dementia. You could develop both -- but they are not necessarily equivalent.

In brief: No

Alzehimer's is also called "pre-senile" dementia to show that it is not related just to aging.
There are differences in the pathways of how the diseases develop. Plaques are found in the brain matter of alzheimer patients that are not seen in senile dementia. You could develop both -- but they are not necessarily equivalent.
Dr. Lester Thompson
Dr. Lester Thompson
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