30 Nov '15, 5pm

What's the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia?

What's the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia?

Over the holidays, I got together with a group of women who I've been friends with since our children were babies. Now that our kids are in their tweens and teens, our conversations are no longer dominated by talk of sleep schedules, diaper changes and cures for colic . Increasingly, our concerns seem to be finding a different focus. I was struck by the fact that every single one of us had at least one parent or parent-in-law who is dealing with some form of dementia. And for as much as I've written about mental health, I realized that I didn't fully understand the differences between Alzheimer's disease and other forms of mental confusion. So I did a little digging, and here's what I found out. Essentially, Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia. Dementia, in and of itself is not a disease but rather an umbrella term used to describe a general loss of mental abilities ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/blogs/alzhei...

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