My mother in law has dementia. Or does she have Alzheimer’s? I find it all so confusing. It’s such a scary concept to me to begin with that I tend to get a little frazzled when trying to define it so I can then work with it. Does that make sense?
I’m just going to summarize what I read to be the following:
- Dementia is a symptom not a disease. Alzheimer’s (a disease) can be the cause.
- Dementia is significant memory loss and is not a normal part of aging.
- There are many possible causes of dementia and some are reversible. However Alzheimer’s accounts for 70-80% of dementia cases and is not reversible.
- Alzheimer’s can only be truly diagnosed after death with an autopsy. During life a patient can be diagnosed as “probable Alzheimer’s Disease.