Your elderly loved one is starting to forget things more and more often. Your first thought is, this is the beginning of Alzheimer’s.
Not so fast. Alzheimer’s and dementia are terms that are often used interchangeably, but they are not exactly the same thing. Dementia is not a disease—it is a symptom caused by a disease. Alzheimer’s disease causes dementia, but it is not the only cause of dementia. Several brain disorders can lead to the memory loss and poor judgment that characterize dementia.
What is Dementia?
Dementia affects a person’s ability to perform everyday activities independently. People with dementia may have trouble with some or all of the following:
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