Jun 15, 2013

6 Frequently Asked Questions About Alzheimer's and the Answers

More than 750,000 unique individuals came to the Alzheimer's Reading Room looking for the answer to this question, what is the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia?

Answers to questiona bout Alzheimer's and dementia care.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The number of people searching for information about Alzheimer's disease, dementia, memory, and health related issues is growing very fast.

1. What is the Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia?

When someone is told they have dementia, it means that they have significant memory problems as well as other cognitive difficulties, and that these problems are severe enough to get in the way of daily living.

In a nutshell, dementia is a syndrome, and Alzheimer's is the cause of the symptom.

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2. How do you test your memory for Alzheimer's or dementia?

These five memory tests are self assessment tests for Alzheimer's, dementia, and mild cognitive impairment. If you decide to administer one or more of these memory tests, and the results of the memory test seems suspicious, you should consult with your personal care physician or a neurologist for a more thorough memory examination and diagnosis.

These five memory test are free self tests for Alzheimer's and related dementia.

3. What is Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer's disease affects thinking, concentration, memory, and judgment, and ultimately impedes a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities.

Over time, a person with Alzheimer's disease has trouble thinking, remembering, speaking, learning, making judgments, and planning. Persons suffering from Alzheimer's are often moody, restless, and sometimes mean. Alzheimer's disease affects almost all aspects of brain functioning, including personality, and the ability to perform the most basic activities of daily functioning.

4. What is Dementia?

Dementia affects memory, thinking, language, judgment, behavior, and a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities.

Dementia is a word that describes symptoms of the gradual deterioration of mental functioning that cannot be explained by normal aging.

Dementia is caused by the death of brain cells. Brain cells can be destroyed by brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, or strokes (called vascular or multi-infarct dementia), which decrease blood flow to the brain. In most cases, the symptoms of dementia occur gradually, over a period of years. Symptoms of dementia caused by injury or stroke occur more abruptly.

5. What Was the First Sign of Alzheimer's You Noticed in Your Loved One?

Was memory loss the first sign of dementia or did something else tip you off that something was wrong? As many of you know, if you look at the various lists of the early signs of Alzheimer's disease you will usually see this listed first -- Memory loss is the most common sign of Alzheimer's disease.

Memory loss. Was memory loss the sign that "tipped" me to my mother's dementia. This aricle has 279 comments from Alzheimer's caregivers.

5. What is combination therapy for Alzheimer's disease?

"Combination therapy can help to maintain Alzheimer's patients’ quality of life by preserving cognitive skills, basic activities, social behaviour and communication skills".

Combination therapy is particularly effective in helping patients to retain their verbal and non-verbal skills which are essential to sustain interaction and communication. Donepezil and memantine in combination led to a significant reduction of communication decline in patients with moderate to severe AD compared to donepezil monotherapy.

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