Firstly, to clarify any confusion, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease aren’t the same, even though they are used interchangeably. Alzheimer’s is a disease that causes dementia.
What is dementia?
- It’s an impairement of a persons memory and thinking
- It can stop them carrying out things they used to be able to do
- It is a symptom
- It’s caused by something like Alzheimer’s for example
- “Dementia simply means the symptom of a deterioration of intellectual abilities resulting from an unspecified disease or disorder of the brain.”
What is Alzheimer’s?
- It’s one of the diseases that causes dementia,
- It’s the most common form of dementia
- It’s a disease that affects the brain (brain disease) and it is progressive
- It affects thinking, memory and behaviours become so severe that work life and social life is affected
- Alzheimer’s damages the brain cells and eventually brain cells are destroyed
- It gets worse over time
- It is fatal
- There is no cure yet
- Common in older people
Alzheimer’s is a disease and dementia is a symptom of Alzheimer’s