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Dementia and Alzheimer’s

We hear so much about the epidemic of Alzheimer’s these days.

But what is the difference if any between Dementia and Alzheimer’s? Well a medical professional I respect explained it this way; Dementia like Cancer is the overarching term ascribed to a family of memory impairments. For example, there is lung cancer, and colon cancer, as well as a wide variety of different cancer diagnoses.

This is similar to the family of Dementia diseases, all that are caused by physical changes in the brain. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of Dementia but there is also vascular dementia, Lewy bodies, Parkinson’s and a whole host of other dementia related diseases.

So when you hear about Dementia and Alzheimer’s now, you will know the distinction between the two. It is a very difficult diagnosis to receive, but the more you can familiarize yourself with the diagnosis, the more information you can use to battle the symptoms, and the change in the activities of daily life for the family member who has the disease.

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