The Differences Between Alzheimer’s And Dementia
June is recognized as Alzheimer’s And Brain Awareness Month. In honor of raising awareness, we at Courtyard Manor would like to discuss an important topic. Terms like Alzheimer’s and dementia often get used interchangeably. In fact, they both refer to declining mental ability and share many similar symptoms. However, there are a number of key differences between the two. With that said, let us show you the differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Alzheimer’s Is A Disease, Dementia Is Not
First off, a major difference is that dementia is not technically a disease. Unlike Alzheimer’s, dementia is referred to as a “syndrome.” This refers to a group of symptoms, but not a disease. Essentially, dementia is an umbrella term for cognitive decline that Alzheimer’s falls under. The symptoms are centered around a decline in cognitive function, including memory, thinking, language, and behavior.
While Alzheimer’s is a disease, dementia can actually be triggered by other diseases. Diseases such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s are common causes for dementia. As time goes on, dementia symptoms often start to show.
Another major difference is treatment. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s is incurable. However, dementia symptoms can be treated with some success. Medications and therapies have been shown to be effective in dementia treatment. However, these methods do not work with Alzheimer’s.
While dementia as an umbrella term focuses on cognitive issues, Alzheimer’s goes beyond strictly mental symptoms. It can cause physical problems as well. Common symptoms include trouble walking and swallowing in later stages.
Compassion For Your Loved Ones
At Courtyard Manor, we understand memory issues affect the entire family. You deserve the peace of the mind that comes with knowing your loved ones are receiving the best care. Our all-inclusive facilities have 24-hour care with compassionate, expert staff. Your family becomes our family. Contact us today to learn more.