Is It Dementia Or Alzheimer's Or Normal Aging? (Does It Matter?)

June 30, 2014 11:52 AM

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Is It Dementia Or Alzheimer's Or Normal Aging? (Does It Matter?)

"What's the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia?" I hear that question constantly. Doctors see another version of this confusion: "It looks like dementia," they say. Then the patient (or a family member) replies with relief, "At least it's not Alzheimer's!"

Of course, Alzheimer's is dementia (though not all dementia is Alzheimer's). What's in a name, anyway? Does it matter what we call this brain-wreck of a disease?

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