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Waht is the difference between Dementia And Alzheimer's?
Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia (about 70% of all cases), but there are others. Loss of short term memory is a defining characteristic of AD, while other types have different (yet often similar) symptoms. Thats why it's not always easy to get an accurate dx.
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Technically in living people Alzheimer's is a syndrome and usual formal diagnosis is Dementia of the Alzheimer's type
The following definitions were adapted from the position statement of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (9):
is a clinical syndrome characterized by global cognitive decline with
memory and one other area of cognition affected that interfere
significantly with the person's ability to perform the tasks of daily
life and meet the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition text revision (DSM-IV-TR) criteria.
Dementia resulting from Alzheimer's disease or DAT
is characterized by decline primarily in cortical aspects of cognition
(i.e., memory, language, praxis) and follows a characteristic time
course of gradual onset and progression.
is a specific degenerative brain disease characterized by senile
plaques, neuritic tangles, and progressive loss of neurons, the
presumptive cause of Alzheimer's disease. https://academic.oup.com/epirev/article/30/1/15/623289
Alzheimer's disease is a post mortem pathological determination