Even though Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are often used interchangeably, did you know they aren’t the same thing?
Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia: The Little-Known Differences
Dementia is an umbrella term for a set of symptoms including impaired thinking and memory. It is a term that is often associated with the cognitive decline of aging. It is true that Alzheimer’s disease often causes dementia, but many other issues such as Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, can cause dementia as well.
Alzheimer’s disease is a common cause of dementia causing as many as 50 to 70% of all dementia cases. Alzheimer’s is a very specific form of dementia. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include impaired thought, impaired speech, and confusion. Doctors use a variety of screenings to determine the cause of dementia including blood tests, mental status evaluations and brain scans.
Another major difference between the Alzheimer’s and dementia is that Alzheimer’s is not a reversible disease. It is degenerative and incurable. Some forms of dementia, however, such as a drug interaction or a vitamin deficiency, are actually reversible or temporary.
Alzheimer’s Orange County provides loving support and valuable resources to those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Here at Wearable Imaging, we are proud to have adopted Alzheimer’s Orange County as our sponsored charity. A percentage of all our proceeds will go to support Alzheimer’s Orange County. When you place an order with us, you are doing so much more than buying promotional products. You are joining a movement and making a difference in the lives of so many.
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