The Differences Between Alzheimer's and Dementia

Alzheimer's disease and dementia are often mistaken as being the same condition and the terms are frequently used interchangeably. However, there are significant differences between dementia and Alzheimer's. If your loved one's doctor has informed him or her that a nursing care plan for dementia or Alzheimer's is required, it can be helpful to learn more about these two diagnoses. While your loved one is likely to require continuous care at some point, it is important to remember that every individual with Alzheimer's or dementia faces unique challenges and requires a personalized care plan.

Understanding Dementia
Dementia is not a specific disease. It is not even a particular medical condition. Rather, it is an umbrella term that refers to a set of symptoms that typically encompass cognitive changes that may sometimes be associated with aging. A person may require dementia care for symptoms such as loss of short-term memory, poor judgment, or language problems. There are many possible underlying causes of dementia. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer's disease; however, it may also be caused by stroke, vascular diseases, and infections.

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's is a specific disease that causes the symptoms of dementia. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that causes significant changes in the brain, including the death of brain cells. It gradually spreads from one area of the brain to another, causing additional functional impairments such as memory loss, confusion, and even personality changes. While some forms of dementia are treatable and reversible, Alzheimer's is not currently reversible. However, individuals with this disease can receive specialized Alzheimer's care to improve their quality of life.

Since 1995, Avalon Memory Care has been honored to serve families throughout the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. At our assisted living center, individuals with dementia and Alzheimer's disease will find friendly faces and loving care. If you have a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's, call us at (214) 752-7050 to learn more about arranging a dementia nursing care plan in Dallas.