Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are often considered to be interchangeable disorders. While this is an understandable impulse, understanding the nuances is important. Dementia is not actually considered to be a disease. Alzheimer’s is not the same as dementia, because it is a specific type of dementia. Each type of dementia also comes with its own causes and symptoms.
It can be tough to learn the differences because the terms are often used in such a similar manner. We are here to provide you with a helpful guide to each type of dementia, so that you are not making any mistakes in the future. For starters, Alzheimer’s is just one of the diseases that can cause dementia to take place. Since it accounts for roughly 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases, there are many who are not aware of the other causes.
There is also vascular dementia, dementia with lewy bodies, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Vascular dementia is responsible for one out of every ten cases of dementia and affects the patient’s thinking skills. DLB patients tend to experience a great deal of memory loss, as well as hallucinations and sleep related disturbances. As with all of the other forms of dementia, symptoms only continue to worsen.
Parkinson’s disease is not always associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s because it affects the body’s movement. Parkinson’s sufferers may also lose their ability to pay close attention. Meanwhile, Huntington’s disease symptoms are also more body movement based. Patients who experience this disorder may experience mood swings and a sharp decline in their overall reasoning skills over the course of time.
Patients may also experience multiple types of dementia at the same time. This can make diagnosis rather difficult. Symptoms may start off as being relatively mild before taking a turn for the worst. The medical community is still split when it comes to the concept of preventing these diseases. By remaining in shape and exercising, we can reduce our risk factors, according to one study.
Treatment outlooks are bleak. There are no cures for the various types dementia or even Alzheimer’s. If you or a loved one is beginning to experience symptoms of any of the aforementioned disorders, please contact a medical professional immediately. Don’t wait until the symptoms have started to worsen before contacting your trusted physician. We also urge readers to pass this story along to their closest friends and loved ones as soon as possible.