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Alzheimer's Dementia: The Most Common Type

Posted on December 21, 2009 by DementiaGuide

Alzheimer's Disease: The Most Common Type of Dementia

Know The Difference

Dementia is often mischaracterized as Alzheimer's disease, and for good reason: the most common form of dementia iis indeedAlzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is characterized by an influx of brain lesions that promote brain cell destruction. Nerve cells die off and the affected areas of the brain shrink and essentially wither away; normally, the areas of the brain that control memory, logic, and personality are the most adversely affected. The brain then fills up with fluid pockets, and a person with Alzheimer disease, memory, motor skills, logical thinking abilities, and sense of time and spatiality become severely compromised.

The symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are similar to those of other forms of dementia, so it's important to understand the primary signs of the disease. Alzheimer's disease often causes short-term memory loss and loss of recent memory. A person with Alzheimer's diseasemight forget where he or she parked the car, or they might forget the identity of close family members and friends. Other common developments related to Alzheimer's disease include problems with language, logical and abstract thought, and judgment. People with Alzheimer's disease might also experience quirky behavior, including rapid and significant changes in personality. Depression and constant anxiety are also common characteristics of a person with Alzheimer's disease. Later in the progression of the disease, people can even experience hallucinations or delusions that further contribute to the feelings of depression, anxiety, and hopelessness.

Alzheimer's disease is different from "normal", age-related dementia in that, although it does hit late in a person's life, it is not a normal part of the aging process, and it is not curable. Moreover, some of the symptoms are similar and even identical to other forms of dementia, but, as Alzheimer's disease refers to a strictly defined set of brain situations, they are definitely not the same thing. All types of dementia are serious and require attention, but it's important to know which type of dementia you're dealing with.

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