Interesting Alzheimer’s article on the difference in Dementia

There is a difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s.  So this is some information that will help you know the difference in the two.


I learned that dementia is a syndrome, it is a group of symptoms that constantly occur together.  I didn’t know it is not a specific disease, the term is used to describe symptoms to include memory loss, difficulty thinking, problem solving, difficulty with language.  Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells, whereas Alzheimer’s disease destroys the brain, it is one of the most commons causes of dementia.



Most of the dementia cases are caused by Alzheimer’s.  There are other diseases that can cause dementia like Parkinson’s Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.  Another condition confused with dementia is senility or senile dementia.  Also it has been believed that, dementia the serious mental decline of a person is a normal part of aging.


Now before we go any further, I had to find out what Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is.  It is according to the National institute, a rare, degenerative, invariably fatal brain disorder.  It seems rare, because it affects one in every one millions people a year,  worldwide.  There are 300 cases in the United States per year.  The disease generally occurs later on in life and runs a rapid course.


Different Associations, say different things, but The Alzheimer’s Associations report that the symptoms of dementia vary and can include such things as memory troubles, communication and language problems, loss of the ability to focus, difficulty reasoning, poor judgement even visual perception could be troubling.  So there are different types of dementia associated by different types of brain damage.

I didn’t know that of the estimated 10 percent of people diagnosed with dementia, they may have more than one type.  The most common combination is Alzheimer’s with Vascular Dementia as reported by the Alzheimer’s Society.


The Alzheimer’s Society also said that Alzheimer’s Disease is a specific type of dementia which is caused when high levels of certain proteins are inside and outside of the cells.  And of course when that protein which is the plague in over the brain it would be hard for the brain cells to stay healthy and be able to communicate with each other.  This type protein inside and outside of the brain leads to the loss of connections between nerve cells and eventually to the death of the nerve cells and the loss of brain tissue.



So in understanding the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – when an individual is diagnosed with dementia, it is based on the symptoms not on the cause of the symptoms.  But when one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the exact cause of dementia symptoms is understood.


Here is one thing I don’t believe and I have read differently in other articles,  but this article said Alzheimer’s is not reversible, whereas some types of dementia is. I am thinking this article was written before the new information that is out there now.  More and more Alzheimer’s reporters and Associations are saying that Alzheimer’s can be reversed.


Hope you read my report on the natural things we are doing to help my mother.  By the time we started self treating her, she had had Alzheimer’s for 12 years.  So to get the results we have gotten, imagine how we would have fared if we had learned about the things we could do years earlier.  So don’t give up hope and check out the other articles on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Marjorie Edwards

I feel one of the best ways to become good on a subject is to live it. My mother has Alzheimer's. I want people to know how to continue to show respect and love, but not give up thinking there is no way out. So because I have lived with Alzheimer's through my mother and researched it I am able to write informative information.

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