Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s: this is the difference between the diseases

Alzheimer’s symptoms

When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, you forget a lot of new information faster. It’s not those little memory hick-ups, where you can’t remember your second cousin’s name, and suddenly remember it later – that’s normal. Research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in 2016 indicates that problems with using a road map may be one of the first warning signs of Alzheimer’s, and is one of the warning signs to watch out for.

Possible treatments for dementia and Alzheimer’s

There are virtually no FDA-approved therapies for dementia. There is only one approved drug for Parkinson’s dementia. There are, however, four medications that specifically target Alzheimer’s. And while these drugs don’t block disease progression or cure the disease, they can help manage symptoms. Patients indicate that these drugs can help for six to nine months, but many continue to use them for a long time because they help with behavioral symptoms such as agitation and aggression. When patients stop taking the drugs, the psychological symptoms can get worse. As for other types of dementia, lifestyle changes may be the best option. Treatment for vascular dementia depends on doing things that are healthy for your blood vessels and heart: such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and controlling diabetes.

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Source: Alzheimer Nederland, The Healthy | Image: Pxhere