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

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Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are NOT the same. You can have a form of dementia that’s completely unrelated to Alzheimer’s disease. According to the National Institute on Aging, dementia is a type of brain disorder that impacts performance of daily activities and communication.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Dementia is not a single disease, but a non-specific illness syndrome, or a set of signs and symptoms. Dementia refers to a decline in cognitive function (such as a loss of thinking, remembering, and reasoning skills), to the extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. The term dementia is intended to describe the spectrum of severity, ranging from the mildest to the most severe stages—regardless of the cause.

According to studies, African Americans have a greater risk of Alzheimer’s than whites if another family member has suffered from it.