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Is it Alzheimer’s or dementia?

Posted: November 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.

I frequently hear the statement, “My loved one has dementia, not Alzheimer’s disease,” followed by the question, “So what’s the difference?”

Dementia is not a disease or illness. Dementia is a word that describes a decline in cognitive abilities — such as thinking, memory, judgment and reasoning, language, understanding of place and time, and social abilities — severe enough to disrupt daily life.

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