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Altzeimer's disease and dementia
07-29-2012, 12:27 PM
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Altzeimer's disease and dementia
My ancle has been diagnosed with dementia. We are hoping it's not altzeimer's. Does Altzeimer's disease start out as dementia? She's very forgetful but knows and remembers family members.
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07-29-2012, 12:31 PM
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RE: Altzeimer's disease and dementia
Alzheimer's disease is one form of dementia. Yet not everyone who has dementia has alzheimer's. Alzheimer's is a particular type of dementia with particular symptoms. As it progress they might not know what a toothbrush is for, or when they see a toothbrush can't think of the right name for it. They constanly tell the same story over and over or ask the same question over and over. They show poor judgement about money and safety. Often there are personality changes. If Alzheimers is suspected the family should take the person to the doctor.

There are several medications that are helpful in slowing the progression of Alzheimers. If a person suddenly became confused they should be checked out since there are many reversable causes of dementia. So it is important to know what kind of dementia you are dealing with in order to learn the best way to deal with it.
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