16 doctors weighed in:
Is vascular dementia worse than alzheimer’s at the end stage?
16 doctors weighed in

Dr. Paul Schwartz
Psychiatry
9 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Vascular dementia can totally wipe out all conscious activity and render someone into a permanent vegetative state--not unlike what one might see with a case of severely advanced alzheimer's.
However, while vascular dementia can be significantly less severe, alzheimer's, when left to follow its own natural progression, generally proceeds to a severely advanced and debilitated state.

In brief: Depends
Vascular dementia can totally wipe out all conscious activity and render someone into a permanent vegetative state--not unlike what one might see with a case of severely advanced alzheimer's.
However, while vascular dementia can be significantly less severe, alzheimer's, when left to follow its own natural progression, generally proceeds to a severely advanced and debilitated state.
Dr. Paul Schwartz
Dr. Paul Schwartz
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
7 doctors agree
In brief: It really depends.
We all fear different types of impairment so what one person considers the worst may not seem that way to others.
Most with alzheimer's are unaware of being ill and this can be a blessing. A few with alheimers are aware and suffer because of that. Impairments in vascular dementia are more specific to which area of the brain is effected. Also many who have vascular dementia also have alzhimers.

In brief: It really depends.
We all fear different types of impairment so what one person considers the worst may not seem that way to others.
Most with alzheimer's are unaware of being ill and this can be a blessing. A few with alheimers are aware and suffer because of that. Impairments in vascular dementia are more specific to which area of the brain is effected. Also many who have vascular dementia also have alzhimers.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Brad Bobrin
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
At the end stage of dementia, you actually can't tell them apart without a brain biopsy.
Except for some subtle difference that only an expert could spot, all end stage dementias look the same and the patients have the same signs and symptoms.

In brief: No
At the end stage of dementia, you actually can't tell them apart without a brain biopsy.
Except for some subtle difference that only an expert could spot, all end stage dementias look the same and the patients have the same signs and symptoms.
Dr. Brad Bobrin
Dr. Brad Bobrin
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: At end stages,
All dementias are equally devastating.

In brief: At end stages,
All dementias are equally devastating.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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