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Dementia and Alzheimer's: How do they know?

As many of you know, I also blog for HealthCentral's OUr Alzheimers. My posts are sometimes on Alzheimer's and/or dementia, but also cover general elder care issues. If you haven't checked in with Our Alzheimers, click on the right under "Carol's article archive," or the HealthCentral logo on my home page.

Health Central is an excellent site that covers numerous health issues, and doctors and/or social workers screen the posts for accuracy. I think many of you would find interesting David Roeltgen, MD's article "The Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease."

Dr. Roeltgen begins:

"One question I am frequently asked is "What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease?" On one level, the answer to this question is relatively easy and straightforward. Compare the definitions of dementia and Alzheimer's.

Dementia:
Dementia is an impairment of thinking and memory that interferes with a person's ability to do things which he or she previously was able to do. 
Alzheimer's:
Alzheimer's disease is the common cause of dementia, and is particularly common in older people."

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