What's the Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer's?

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The Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on May 8, 2015

Although dementia and Alzheimer’s share some similar symptoms, one is an irreversible disease and one is a general term for symptoms causing a decline in cognitive ability. Read on to learn more about the differences between the two, brought to you by the Scottsdale dementia care experts at Home Care Assistance.

What is Alzheimer’s 

Alzheimer’s is one very specific type of dementia. In fact, Alzheimer’s patients represent between 50 and 70 percent of all dementia cases, making this the most common form of dementia out there. Unlike other types of dementia that may be reversible, Alzheimer’s is progressive. Although there is no cure, there are treatments available that can help slow symptoms. Alzheimer’s home care in Scottsdale can also help seniors maintain a comfortable, high quality of living.

What is Dementia 

A dementia diagnosis does not provide insight into the actual cause of the problem or the various courses of action that can be taken to alleviate or even eliminate symptoms. After a diagnosis, doctors perform multiple tests to determine what health issues are the source of dementia symptoms. These tests are initially focused on ruling out nutritional deficiencies and drug interactions that may self-resolve or could be corrected with minor diet and lifestyle changes. Mental status evaluations, blood tests, and brain scans are then used to identify markers of serious, age-related diseases.

Family members and caregivers can help seniors with memory impairment take steps to stave off cognitive decline. These can include implementing a healthy diet, regularly engaging in activities to promote brain fitness, maintaining a moderate and consistent exercise plan, and working in conjunction with doctors and therapists to promote whole health.

At Home Care Assistance, every caregiver is trained in our Cognitive Therapeutics Method. Not only does it promote overall health, it was specifically designed to promote mental acuity and slow cognitive decline. To learn more about CTM or our memory care services, click here or give us a call at 480.448.6215. A friendly Care Manager can answer questions, review care options, and schedule a free in-home consultation.