Dasen Brajkovic has treated many types of geriatric mental problems. Two of the most common are dementia and Alzheimer’s. Although the diseases are often confused with each other and are even linked, they also differ in several ways. Here are a few of them.
When dementia is diagnosed, the person is being told they have a certain set of symptoms. Dementia is not necessarily a disease itself, but rather a name for a set of symptoms. Alzheimer’s is an actual disease that has many of the same symptoms of dementia and cannot be cured. A diagnosis is important as it can determine if treatment is necessary or will be helpful.
Alzheimer’s is not curable and there is no way to reverse it. Dementia can be treated and depending on the cause of dementia, it may be able to be reversed. Certain drugs or vitamin deficiencies can cause dementia that can be treated and possibly reversed.
Most people react to a dementia diagnosis the same way they react to an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. People suffering from dementia may be aware that they are becoming ill or having problems while those with Alzheimer’s may not be aware that they have any problems.
If you are curious about the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, the above points can show you how they are different. A doctor can diagnose you or a loved one and help you get help. Dasen Brajkovic has treated many people with both illnesses.