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Which is worse dementia or Alzheimer's?

Dementia is not a specific disease. It is a general term for the impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interfere with the performance of daily activities. Alzheimer's disease is the most common degenerative illness that causes dementia in the elderly. It affects memory, language, and thought. Neither dementia nor Alzheimer’s are part of normal aging.

However, younger individuals can develop Alzheimer’s disease from as early as 18.

The risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s increases as you age.

Distinguishing the symptoms is important for the active management of the two conditions.

The symptoms can sometimes overlap.

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Alzheimer’s vs. dementia symptoms
What to expect when diagnosed with Alzheimer’s?
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About the Author

Alzheimer’s vs. dementia symptoms

Starting with what both conditions can cause, it can be stated that:

1. Both show impaired memory

2. Patients have a declining ability to think

3. The memory is impaired.

However, Alzheimer-related symptoms additionally include:

Alzheimer-related symptoms
7 common symptoms
1. Impairment judgment: For example, making financial decisions becomes increasingly problematic with the disease’s progression.
2. Depression: It can be a comorbid symptom.
3. Time and Place Confusion: For instance, not knowing where the local bus stop is situated.
4. Wandering: Wandering away from home without noticing anybody
5. Apathy: Having a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern.
6. Behavioral Changes: Developing a rather aggressive personality is commonly observed in patients that entered the moderate Alzheimer’s stage.
7. Other difficulties: These include difficulties with swallowing (eating and drinking, too), walking, and speech.

As you already learned, dementia is an umbrella term.

Other types include or exclude symptoms.

For instance, there are differences between Alzheimer’s and Lewy body dementia.

Lewy Body Dementia shares a lot of the upper mentioned Alzheimer’s symptoms, however, individuals with it have also symptoms like visual hallucinations.

Other symptoms of Lewy Body Dementia include difficulties with sleep and balance.

As you can see, both fall under the umbrella term Dementia, however, they vary in symptoms.

In my “All you need to know about Alzheimer’s Guide”, you can learn more about the symptoms and progression of the condition. Besides, the two most common death causes are being discussed, too.

What to expect when diagnosed with Alzheimer’s?

The outlook is not good. A beloved one diagnosed can not be cured. Ultimately, Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease ending in death. A person diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s can still live a long life. However, once a person enters the severe stage, death is imminent within the foreseeable future.

Active Alzheimer’s management can help to prepare for upcoming problems.

In my article “Why do Alzheimer's patients want to go home”, you can learn more about it.

There are cases of people, who live up to 20 years with the disease.

If you’re worried a loved one might have Alzheimer’s, you can request the Mini-Mental-Status Test from your general practitioner.

The result will give valuable insights.

However, they usually transfer you to a Geriatrician, Geriatric Psychiatrist, Geropsychologist, Neurologist, or a Neuropsychologist.

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Patric Pförtner

B. Sc. Psychology

Hi, my name is Patric Pfoertner and I graduated 2020 from the NBU. Currently, I work and study in Germany. My specialisations are Cognitive Psychology paired with a good slack of Clinical Psychology. Just this year I started publishing my research in the CBB Journal. Feel free to read about it at ResearchGate. Otherwise, click the other button to read my full CV.

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