What is the difference between dimentia and Alzheimer's?

What is the difference between Alzheimer's and dimentia? Is there a difference? How are they similar? Serious answers only please. A family member of mine was diagnosed with Alzheimer's today. :-(

Update:

I have known two elderly people who passed away Alzheimer's. So I have seen it before.

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  • 7 years ago
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    Dementia is a 'loss of cognitive ability', and it happens to all of us after 65, to some extent or other. When it happens earlier than that (which it does sometimes) it's called 'early onset dementia'. It can be 'static', like caused by a head injury, or 'progressive' caused by aging or a number of diseases.

    Alzheimers is a form of dementia, and dementia is only part of it. It's progressive and incurable, as you probably know by now.

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