Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s | BlackDoctor | Page 2

    Alzheimer’s vs. Dementia: What’s The Difference?

    Neurodegenerative means that neurons (which are brain cells) gradually degenerate (cease to function or function inappropriately, and, eventually die). This death of brain cells impairs the neuron-to-neuron connections, called synapses—which is where and how messages are passed along in your brain). This “disconnect” can results in a range of dysfunction.

    Dementia Symptoms

    In addition to memory loss, early clinical symptoms will likely include:

    • Confusion about the location of usually familiar places
    • Taking longer to accomplish normal daily tasks
    • Trouble handling money and paying bills
    • Poor judgment leading to bad decisions
    • Loss of spontaneity and sense of initiative
    • Mood and personality changes, and increased anxiety

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