What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia? …
… Not a stupid question … they’re intertwined. The main difference is that dementia is a broad term for a gradual loss of mental abilities that’s severe enough to interfere with your daily life, while Alzheimer’s disease is just one type of dementia. Affected cognitive abilities for dementia and Alzheimer’s include memory, attention, reasoning, speech, time management, and control of emotions or impulses.
Dementia is typically broken down into four different subtypes. They are
- vascular dementia,
- Lewy body dementia,
- frontotemporal dementia,
Alzheimer’s is the most common subtype, affecting nearly 7 million Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also estimates that Alzheimer’s is the fifth-leading cause of death for older folks and the seventh-leading cause of death for all U.S. adults.
Both dementia and Alzheimer’s are devastating diagnoses with no known cure. But you have the power to reduce your risk of developing either of these conditions.