If you are caring for a person living with dementia at home, Mondays with Mimi is where you can have your questions answered. In her 20 years at St. John’s, Mimi DeVinney (our Dementia/Quality of Life Specialist) has heard dozens of questions about caring for people living with dementia. Check this page on St. John’s Online Dementia Resource Center every Monday, to see Mimi’s answers to submitted questions.

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease?

“Dementia” is a general term, sometimes called an “umbrella term”, that is inclusive of many different types of diseases which affect the brain. In any type of dementia, these conditions might be present:

  • Loss of memory
  • Impaired communication
  • Personality changes
  • Loss of ability to perform normal daily functions

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common and well-known form of dementia.  It affects an estimated 5 million Americans and makes up two thirds of people living with dementia.

Read more from Mimi DeVinney, dementia quality of life specialist at St. John’s as she discusses the importance of the language we use while caring for those living with dementia.

Ask Mimi

If you have a question for Mimi related to dementia care at home, use this form to contact her.