The Difference Between Dementia And Alzheimer Disease
Often, these two terms Dementia and Alzheimer are used interchangeably and many people have the impression that both means the same. However, these two diagnoses, while related, are totally different.
When you have been diagnosed by a doctor that you have Dementia, it means you have significant memory problems, as well as other cognitive difficulties. There is something wrong with your brain, but it does not provide any information about what is causing the memory or cognitive difficulties.
However, if the doctor told you specifically that you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, it means that this specific brain disease is the cause of your Dementia.
Symptoms And Causes
In a nutshell, Dementia is a symptom that affects mental tasks like memory and reasoning and Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the common cause of Dementia that affects this mental disorder.
For simplicity explanation, Dementia is like having a fever. Fever is a symptom that tells you something in the body is wrong but having a fever does not tell you what is causing the fever.
Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the causes of the symptom, Dementia. Just like bacterial infection is one of the causes of the symptom, fever.
Taking an antibiotic may eliminate the bacterial infection and therefore eliminate the cause of the fever.
Some causes of mild Dementia can be treated, and so reduce or eliminate Dementia.
However, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, even with today’s advanced medical science. Alzheimer’s Disease will also not go away over time. The best approach is engagement, communication and loving care.
Empower Yourself With The Knowledge
I recommend reading this book for care givers and early stages of Dementia patients. This will help to empower yourselves with the knowledge and understanding of Dementia and how to cope with your daily lives.
Hiding the Stranger in the Mirror: A Detective’s Manual for Solving Problems Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders [Paperback]  (Author) Ph.D. Cameron J. Camp .
In Hiding the Stranger in the Mirror, Dr. Cameron Camp writes with wit and compassion, aiming to help his audience better understand how dementia affects memory, and how memory loss may affect behaviour. Going against conventional wisdom, the author stresses that the key to successfully caring for persons with dementia is to focus on their strengths rather than their weaknesses—to see the person and not the disease.
His entertaining and insightful book examines cases based on real individuals to illustrate common challenging behaviours and how to approach these challenges. Readers act as detectives and are given the tools and the resources to understand why persons with dementia do what they do, and how to solve their own cases. More importantly, the stories lead the reader to new ideas, new ways of thinking, and a new attitude towards persons with dementia.
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