What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?
Alzheimer's = a disease
Dementia = a symptom
Any concerns of a family member should be reported to the family GP. Early diagnoses and some treatment may slow down symptoms.
Whenever anyone begins to show signs of confusion, changes of personality, depression, anxiety, or an inability to cope with everyday routines, which they had been previously capable of, then medical advice should be sought. You can read more about some of the early warning signs here.
Dementia can be caused by a head injury, a stroke, or a brain tumor to mention only a few. And it can also be caused by Alzheimer's disease. But there are hundreds of different causes. It is important to seek medical advice as soon as possible, as some causes of dementia can be treated much more effectively if diagnosed early.
Depending on which parts of the brain are affected and the different causes of dementia means that there are various different behavior patterns seen in sufferers. Therefore not all dementia sufferers symptoms are similar. It is always essential to get a specialist diagnosis as soon as you notice symptoms of concern.
The general care for
people who have dementia for whatever cause is similar, though
medication and life expectancy may differ depending on what condition
has caused the dementia.
Caregivers of loved ones with dementia are those who face the biggest challenges. I have written several pages on this site about understanding dementia behaviours and coping with the grief of having a person with dementia in the family.
My book on Alzheimer’s Caregiving will also help those whose relatives have from dementia from any cause. It focuses on the caregiver and their need to look after themselves too. There are chapters on coping with grief, as well as sections on all of the challenges which caregivers face on a day to day basis. The book also contains an interview with a real caregiver on the daily realities of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
The book is also ideal for helping professional carers too. There are many helpful tips and practical advice on coping with many of the typical day-to-day challenges of dementia.
For more information on the contents of the book click on the image.
Watch this short video where I explain the differences:
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