The Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

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Dementia, unlike Alzheimer’s, is not a disease in its own right. The name given to a group of symptoms that include problems with thinking, memory, language and perception is referred to as Dementia. However, all of these symptoms are caused by different diseases that affect the brain, Alzheimer’s, the most common cause, being one of them. Other types of brain diseases that contribute towards dementia include dementia with Lewy bodies and vascular dementia.

It is these different types and different stages of dementia that make adequate dementia care for you or your loved one so important for protecting their wellbeing and making them feel as comfortable and as safe as possible.

What Is Dementia

Dementia is not a one-size-fits-all diagnosis. When being diagnosed with dementia, it is vital that you learn what type of dementia you or your loved one has, as symptoms may include memory loss, difficulty with eating, difficulty with language, or even aggression. These symptoms are all caused by damage in the brain resulting in loss of nerve cells.

Alzheimer’s is just one specific cause of dementia. Other causes include:

Vascular Dementia which is when a lack of oxygen in the brain causes nerve cells to die. This can be caused by a disease in the blood vessels of the brain or a stroke.

Mixed Dementia, where a person has a combination of brain diseases associated with dementia.

Frontotemporal Dementia, where pieces of abnormal proteins in the side and front parts of the brain damage and kill nerve cells.

Dementia with Lewy Bodies, where abnormal structures form in the brain and cause damage to surrounding cells.

Dementia is a progressive disease, meaning that it will worsen over time, with deterioration rates varying from person to person.

Dementia and Care Homes

As symptoms of the disease worsens over time, individuals require an increasing level of support. At The Cottage Nursing Home we have a team of specially trained, fully qualified and highly experienced carers that are on hand to provide dementia care and Alzheimer’s care in our nursing home in Northampton 24 hours a day.

Beginning with an assessment of the needs of each individual, we ensure that we fully understand the progression of dementia for all residents that decide to make that move into a residential care home in Northampton and are fully prepared to provide the care they need.

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