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Dear Carol: My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease three years ago. Recently, after the elimination of some medications Dad had been taking for years, the doctor changed the diagnosis to vascular dementia. In some ways, dementia is dementia, I guess, but still the doctor said as dad’s disease progresses the difference will become more apparent. I’m wondering how common this type of mix-up is with a dementia diagnosis. – Paul

Dear Paul: Actually, an error in dementia diagnosis is quite common. Peter Lichtenberg, Ph.D., head of Wayne State University's Institute of Gerontology, wrote in a paper published in a recent edition of the journal Clinical Gerontology about this problem. 

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