Whats the difference between dimentia and alzheimers?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Dementia is when the person's mind deteriorates and he/she loses the ability to control his/her body or his/her thinking. It is a symptom and not a disease. It targets the brain so the following functions may be affected: memory, attention, communication and probably even thinking/problem solving.

    Alzheimer's is a disease that commonly causes dementia. It is when the brain rapidly ages than the normal rate. We all go through the stages of aging - we forget things, we ask the same questions over and over, etc. But if you have Alzheimer's this happens to your brain very radically. And then one of the causes would be having dementia.

    So remember: the exact difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s is that dementia is a more umbrella term, a syndrome, while Alzheimer's is a specific disease. This means you can also get dementia from other situations like having a stroke, or other diseases like Parkinson's even AIDS.

    Source(s): I used to wonder about it too, and the people over at http://answers.healthtree.com/ helped me
  • visick
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Alzheimer's ailment is taken into consideration as led to by plaque on the mind that motives the confusion and psychological deterioration. Senile Dementia is from 'getting old' of the mind and it is blood vessels, causing time-honored confusion and so on.

  • 9 years ago

    There are many forms of dementia, caused by several different things. Alzheimers is one specific form of dementia.

  • tbug
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Dementia can be caused by many different things, Alzheimer's is its own disease and can create dementia.

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  • 9 years ago

    It's dementia - and not a lot, really. Mother-in-law died from Altzheimers, and husband has it now. What is so awful, is how long it takes....

    There is really no difference, except that Altzheimers can only be diagnosed after death. Some forms of dementia are due to vascular problems and can be diagnosed long before death.

    Source(s): Worked in the Health field for many years, & Mum-in-law had Altzheimers.
  • 9 years ago

    Alzeimers is a form od dementia.

    Dementia covers all elderly confusion

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