Distinguishing Between Alzheimer's and Dementia

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Many people believe that mental health care for Alzheimer’s and mental health care for dementia are relatively similar. In fact, Alzheimer’s and dementia diagnoses are different in important ways, which means that Alzheimer’s care and dementia care should be specially tailored to the patient. Dementia is a brain disorder that affects communication and performance of daily activities, while Alzheimer’s specifically affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. Read on to find out more about how these two diseases vary.

Dementia Symptoms
Dementia is a general term for a wide range of symptoms having to do with memory loss and difficulty communicating. Unlike Alzheimer’s, dementia can be short-term if it is caused by a reaction to medication or infection. In those cases, dementia is reversible with treatment. Like Alzheimer’s patients, dementia patients often get lost and struggle with planning and organizing tasks. Dementia can also cause personality changes and hallucinations.

Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s is a very specific form of dementia and is irreversible. Because Alzheimer’s is degenerative and incurable, it very often requires full-time support in an Alzheimer’s nursing home. Although younger people get dementia, Alzheimer’s is almost always associated with the elderly. Alzheimer’s involves significant brain shrinkage, as cell connections begin to die.

Personalized Care
Because Alzheimer’s and dementia are different, each requires a different and special kind of memory care. Assisted living is often recommended for both patients, depending on the severity of symptoms. An assisted living center can offer many services on-site to improve a sufferer’s quality of life, including mental health care and medication management.

For residential Alzheimer’s care in a home-like environment, look no further than Avalon Memory Care. Our caretakers specialize in bedside care for Alzheimer’s patients near Cedar Park, and our assisted living center offers many services to ensure your loved one feels comfortable and safe. To inquire about mental health care and nursing care for Alzheimer’s patients, call our DFW office at (214) 752-7050 today. We have 20 locations in the area, so you can be sure to be close to an assisted living center.