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.

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