Difference Between Dementia And Alzheimer's Disease
An important fact about dementia is that it is an organic brain syndrome and not a disease, the origin of the word dementia is from a Latin word “demeans” meaning insane or being out of one’s mind.
Dementia includes damage of nerve cells in the brain and the general breakdown of vital human functions; depending on how this damage is caused, dementia may affect people differently. There is more than one classified form of dementia; …show more content…
In Alzheimer's disease, the brain cells progressively degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are often terms used interchangeably, as many people believe that one means the other; however the contrary is true. What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s? According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), Dementia is a brain disorder that affects communication and performance of daily activities, and Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that specifically affects parts of the brain that control thought memory and language. In a nutshell, dementia is a symptom, and Alzheimer's disease is the cause of the symptom Alzheimer's is the most prevalent cause of dementia. There are many causes, varieties and conditions of dementia, the most common of which is Alzheimer's …show more content…
Improving the condition of life and changing viewpoints towards dementia is the primary goal of dementia care. Dementia is devastating not only to the victims but also for their friends and families. Early diagnosis improves the quality of life for people with dementia and their families.
Dementia also has a social impact in that the disease carries a certain stigma. The World Alzheimer Report of 2012 states the shame associated with being in the devalued group leads many people to avoid finding out whether they are, in fact, members of that group. This stigma leads many people with dementia to avoid discussing the illness with their primary care physicians until the symptoms are so severe that it is apparent to everyone. A delay in proper diagnosis and potential treatment of dementia can have many negative repercussions for the sufferer and others.
A dementia person may often look for some attention to rectify their distress, boredom, illness or excess energy (Downs & Bowers