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What is the difference between Dementia and Alzheimers

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Old 12-24-2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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What is the difference between Dementia and Alzheimers

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Re: What is the difference between Dementia and Alzheimers

Dementia is the broad catagory for those with cognitive and memory loss. Alzheimer's is just one type of Dementia. There are many types of Dementia.

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The symptoms are so similar --but,
---Scientists now know that AlZ is caused by a genetic predisposition or a change in a particular gene or enzyme. Not sure if I have said that correctly. has something to do with acetycholine in the brain.
---Dementia is not caused by genetics, and can be caused by normal aging, stroke, even small strokes that over time will cause scar tissue. This scar tissue will prevent blood flow to certain parts of the brain causing a variety of symptoms which can mimic true ALZ.

---An injury to the brain can also cause dementia.
ALZ can cause death in 5-8 years but old-fashioned dementia patients can live a very long time in that state.
However, if a stroke has caused the dementia, most likely another stroke will cause death.

My mom has been diagnosed with dementia/ALZ.
She has short term memory loss, does not retain anything she reads, cannot drive and her reflexes are terrible--cannot follow a recipe and basically is getting old fast.

Since she has short-term memory loss she doesn't think we ever tell her anything about the family or that we spend as much time with her as we do. It's very weird.
She no longer pays her bills or balances check book, etc. No way. But she can remember all kinds of things from 40 years ago. So I think she probably has normal aging mixed with dementia from those invisible strokes.
I read there are drugs for ALZ but not other types of dementia.

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Old 12-29-2007, 04:21 AM   #4
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Re: What is the difference between Dementia and Alzheimers

Dementia and Alzheimers are often used interchangeably. Alzheimer's Disease is actually one form of dementia. There are many more. There are also many other reasons for memory loss or odd behavior. It really takes a specialist to diagnose this disease, and I urge you to get a professional opinion on it.

Some drugs work in the early stages, not to cure but to postpone the inevitable worsening for a little while. So far there is no drug to cure any kind of Dementia.

But there are ways to control or minimize the violent outbusts, sleeplessness, etc. You can learn how to cajole a dementia victim into doing certain things or not doing others. Confrontation is the worst possible method. A few little white lies often help. Let's say the patient wants to go out for a walk in the middle of the night, alone. You can have a day long argument about it, or distract him with "fine, I will go with you. But let's have a cup of hot cocoa first!" By the time the cocoa is made and finished, the idea for a walk may have left their mind. Then you can say "well, I am so tired, let's go back to bed!"

If you are a caregiver you need help and tips from others in the same boat. That's what this Board is all about. But only a doctor can diagnose the disease.

Hope this helps.


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