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What's the difference between Alzheimer's and senile dementia?

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Dr. David Murdock
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: "senile" = outdated

The term "senile" was used in older classification systems and is no longer valid.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).

In brief: "senile" = outdated

The term "senile" was used in older classification systems and is no longer valid.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).
Dr. David Murdock
Dr. David Murdock
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Alzheimer's

Dementia is one type of dementia while senile dementia simply refers to when the symptoms begin.

In brief: Alzheimer's

Dementia is one type of dementia while senile dementia simply refers to when the symptoms begin.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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Dr. Benjamin Lessig
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: See below

The word senile is not appropriate when combining with dementia because it creates more negativity.
It is better by having staging of dementia such as early, mild, moderate, severe and end stage. Dementia is the broad terminology. Alzheimer's disease is one of specific and the most common form of dementia.Vascular dementia, alcohol dementia, lewy bodies dementia are another form.

In brief: See below

The word senile is not appropriate when combining with dementia because it creates more negativity.
It is better by having staging of dementia such as early, mild, moderate, severe and end stage. Dementia is the broad terminology. Alzheimer's disease is one of specific and the most common form of dementia.Vascular dementia, alcohol dementia, lewy bodies dementia are another form.
Dr. Benjamin Lessig
Dr. Benjamin Lessig
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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology

In brief: The etiology

Senile dementia is the term reserved for dementia in old age, the cause of alzheimer is still unknown.
The clinical picture may be the same but the pathology is different.

In brief: The etiology

Senile dementia is the term reserved for dementia in old age, the cause of alzheimer is still unknown.
The clinical picture may be the same but the pathology is different.
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
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