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

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Dementia is the name for a group of brain disorders that make it hard to remember, think clearly, make decisions, or even control your emotions. Alzheimer’s disease is one of those disorders, but there are many different types and causes of dementia.

Since some types of dementia share similar symptoms, it can be hard for a doctor to figure out which one you or your loved one has. Be sure to tell him about all symptoms, medication and alcohol use, and previous illnesses to help him make the right diagnosis.

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association: “Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease,” “Frontotemporal Dementia,” “Type of Dementia,” “What is Alzheimer’s?”

Alzheimer’s Disease International: “World Alzheimer’s Report 2015.”

Alzheimer’s Society: “Sight, perception and hallucinations in dementia.”

BrightFocus Foundation: “What’s The Difference Between Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease?”

Dementia Society of America: “Dementia FAQs.”

Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation: “Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s.”

Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio: “Alzheimer’s Versus Dementia.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on December 26, 2016

SOURCES:

Alzheimer’s Association: “Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease,” “Frontotemporal Dementia,” “Type of Dementia,” “What is Alzheimer’s?”

Alzheimer’s Disease International: “World Alzheimer’s Report 2015.”

Alzheimer’s Society: “Sight, perception and hallucinations in dementia.”

BrightFocus Foundation: “What’s The Difference Between Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease?”

Dementia Society of America: “Dementia FAQs.”

Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation: “Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s.”

Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio: “Alzheimer’s Versus Dementia.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on December 26, 2016

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