Alzheimer’s Versus Dementia: What Are They?

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According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory thinking and behavior.”

– Alzheimer’s worsens over time

– No cure has been found for Alzheimer’s but there are treatments to calm symptoms

– Symptoms of Alzheimer’s can be difficult to recognize

– Challenges remembering recently learned things is the earliest symptom

– Alzheimer’s is common in seniors

– Severe symptoms that develop over time include:

  • Changes in mood and behavior
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion about times, places and events
  • Severe memory loss
  • Challenges with speech
  • Challenges with swallowing
  • Difficulty walking


The Alzheimer’s Association says “Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.”

– Dementia symptoms can reverse

– Alzheimer’s is the most common type

– Vascular Dementia is the second most common type, occurring after having a stroke

– Can be caused by Hyper/Hypothyroidism

– Can be caused by a lack of essential vitamins (depends on the person)

– Symptoms of Dementia vary, but are easier to spot:

  • Impaired memory
  • Impaired communication and speaking
  • Weakened Visual perception
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Lack of reasoning and judgment

Many people experience memory loss, but that does not necessarily mean they have Dementia or Alzheimer’s; however, early detection can treat worsening symptoms. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, you may be eligible for a proper diagnosis by your health care provider.

If Dementia or Alzheimer’s apply to you or a loved one, we can help you find a proper senior care or Assisted living Denver options in the Metro area that accommodates you or your loved one’s specific circumstances. Consult a professional healthcare provider first for professional medical attention.