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Is there a difference between alzheimer's and dementia? I'm confused about whether the terms alzheimer's and dementia are interchangeable. Is there's a difference?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
3 doctors agree

In brief: Related

Everyone wih alzheimer's has dementia but there are also other less common types of dementia.

In brief: Related

Everyone wih alzheimer's has dementia but there are also other less common types of dementia.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Christine Khandelwal
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: A type of dementia

Alzheimer's disease is one of many types of dementias.

In brief: A type of dementia

Alzheimer's disease is one of many types of dementias.
Dr. Christine Khandelwal
Dr. Christine Khandelwal
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

In brief: They

They are not exactly the same.
Dementia is a broad term that means your brain's thinking ability has diminished. Many different diseases cause dementia, one of which is alzheimer's disease. Other causes are strokes, genetic defects, nutritional deficiencies, or brain damage. But we always hear about alzheimer's because it is the most common by far. What makes alzheimer's different is that there are certain symptoms it causes, and because it produces some characteristic changes inside the cells.

In brief: They

They are not exactly the same.
Dementia is a broad term that means your brain's thinking ability has diminished. Many different diseases cause dementia, one of which is alzheimer's disease. Other causes are strokes, genetic defects, nutritional deficiencies, or brain damage. But we always hear about alzheimer's because it is the most common by far. What makes alzheimer's different is that there are certain symptoms it causes, and because it produces some characteristic changes inside the cells.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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