Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are two conditions that very commonly get mixed up. Dementia is a condition that describes a group of symptoms whereas Alzheimer’s is a disease that causes dementia.
This September is Alzheimer’s awareness month, and while 850,000 people suffer with dementia in the UK, many people are still unaware of the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Knowing the difference can be crucial if your loved one has either Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
What is dementia?
Dementia is caused by diseases that lead to a decline in brain function. This is why symptoms such as memory loss, confusion and communication difficulties can occur in a loved one who has dementia.
Dementia will be different for everybody that develops it and some symptoms may be more severe than others. It’s important you get the right help and treatment for your loved when planning for the future and managing their symptoms effectively.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition that gradually worsens your loved one’s health over time. It is caused by blocked nerve endings and as the disease worsens, more symptoms can develop, and existing symptoms can decline.
The symptom most commonly associated with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss. This can show in several ways such as forgetting recent events, misplacing items or having trouble thinking of the right word to say in conversation. As well as this, in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, changes in mood can become apparent in your loved one.
If you think a relative is starting to experience any of these symptoms, broach the subject of seeking medical advice as this can help in the early diagnosis and treatment plan Alzheimer’s disease.
Anglia Care specialises in both Alzheimer’s and dementia care so feel free to give us a call if you need any guidance.