Which symptoms differentiate Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's?

Several . The parkinson's patient will have tremors, stiffness, and gait issues, not seen in alzheimer's. Parkinson's dementia pts may have a rem sleep disorder, florid hallucinations, fluctuating levels of communication, and memory loss which can be helped by cueing. Alzheimer's pts reverse sleep/waking, get worse during the day, cannot incorporate memory items, and lose ability to learn new tasks.

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What symptoms precede the onset of alzheimer's or Parkinson's diseaase?

Early signs of. Dementia include short term memory loss, difficulty performing familiar tasks, changes in mood, behavior, or personality, word-finding difficulties, decreased judgment, loss of initiative, problems keeping track of things, disorientation to time or place, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or are concerned about a friend or relative, talk with your doctor about your concerns. Read more...
Different symptoms. Alzheimer's and parkinson's disease are quite different from each other. See these links for the 10 warning signs for each of these disorders. Alzheimer's: http://www.Alz.Org/alzheimers_disease_know_the_10_signs.Asp parkinson's: http://www.Parkinson.Org/parkinson-s-disease/pd-101/10-early-warning-signs-of-parkinson-s-disease. Read more...
For Parkinson's..... Before overt physical symptoms begin, one can experience pre-motor parkinson's issues: the most reliably reported 4 are chronic constipation, chronic depression, anosmia (part or complete loss of smell--which also effects taste appreciation) & rbd. Rbd stands for rem behavior disorder. Rem  (dreaming stage sleep) can be accompanied by acting-out of dreams: talking, kicking, punching, running, etc. Read more...

What distinguishes Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's disease?

Many things. Parkinson's Disease will present with physical symptoms such as shakiness, stiffness of the limbs causing a shuffling gait, lack of facial expression causing a mask-like face and the dementia may occur later while Alzheimer's dementia starts with gradual memory problems which begin to get worse in a few years and maybe accompanied with paranoid delusions. Read more...

Parkinson's disease/alzheimer's disease, what's the difference?

Different dementias. Alzheimer' s disease is marked by decline in cognitive function because of brain changes that affect memory/executive function.Parkinson's disease is marked by problems with motor function because of nervecell loss in different part of the brain. In some cases cognitive changes occur as wellI. Cause of both are not known but the greatest risk factor is old age and some forms that run in families. Read more...

What is the difference between Parkinson's disease and alzheimer's disease?

Different symptoms. Parkinson´s disease starts by motor symptoms (rigidity, tremor) while Alzheimer´s disease starts by memory problems. Their clinical course is also different. Read more...

Does coconut oil have any benefits on parkinson or Alzheimer's diseases?

Interesting. Assuming your question refers specifically to coconut oil having special properties that could play a significant role in the treatment/influence prognosis of this diseases; i could not find any important study addressing this point; therefore the official answer should be: it is needed further research to test this hypothesis. Anyway, very interesting question, thanks ! Read more...

Does the coconut oil have any benefits on parkinson or alzheimer's diseases?

I don't think so. My search of the nih database shows exactly one too-good-to-be-true study, on rats, from an obscure institution, no confirmation after two years by anybody else. Coconut has been bashed for years as "bad for the heart" and perhaps at least this promotion will let people feel better about eating this stuff, which i happen to be quite fond of. Read more...
Maybe. Some suggestive evidence supports benefits. No definitive or strong evidence exists though. Read more...