What is the difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?

You may confuse dementia with Alzheimer’s disease, but they are not the same. 

Dementia is not a specific disease but an umbrella term for all the brain disorders that make it difficult for you to think or remember. It degrades your ability to make decisions or even control your emotions. The different types of dementia are Vascular dementia, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, Alzheimer’s disease, Pick’s disease and dementia from disorders like Parkinson’s disease, that can affect your brain in various possible ways.

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia and a neurologic disorder that shrinks the brain to kill the brain cells. It is the most common type that contributes to 60-70% of global dementia cases. 

Dementia is a term used for a group of symptoms that are directly or indirectly related to a decline in cognitive functioning that degrades brain health. Whereas, Alzheimer’s disease is a specific condition that builds when plaque is formed within and around the brain cells. The plaque does not allow brain cells to work and damages their ability to communicate with one another. Such a condition eventually shrinks the brain cells and leads to their death.

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