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How do you tell the difference between Alzheimer's disease and advanced dementia?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Dementia

Alzheimer's "disease" is actually a form of dementia.
It's the most common type of dementia -- 4.5 million americans have it. It's also a progressive, and currently irreversible, brain disease. Some medicines can stall the progression; cognitive & memory dysfunction may not be severe at first diagnosis. But the disease takes its toll, leading to advanced dementia -- and ultimately, death.

In brief: Dementia

Alzheimer's "disease" is actually a form of dementia.
It's the most common type of dementia -- 4.5 million americans have it. It's also a progressive, and currently irreversible, brain disease. Some medicines can stall the progression; cognitive & memory dysfunction may not be severe at first diagnosis. But the disease takes its toll, leading to advanced dementia -- and ultimately, death.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
3 doctors agree

In brief: Different issues

Alzheimers is the most common type of dementia.
If you have dementia and live long enough you will develop advanced dementia.

In brief: Different issues

Alzheimers is the most common type of dementia.
If you have dementia and live long enough you will develop advanced dementia.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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