Is There a Difference Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia?

At Friends Fellowship Community, our staff participates in mandatory in-service sessions each year.   Three of the required eight focus on dementia. We learned that people often confusion Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Alzheimer ’s disease is the most common form of dementia, but there are many other forms such as vascular, frontotemporal, and Parkinson’s dementia. Many times serious memory issues mimic this disease.   People with dementia experience nonreversible decline in memory functions and it interferes with daily life.

In the future we hope the research will find positive results using genetic data and new techniques to diagnose this disease.   Most symptoms occur after age 65 when the plaque buildup starts to take place. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a simple blood test could help us forecast who may get this disease? Early detection could change the course of so many lives.

We are proud of our staff’s dementia training and the accommodations we have to offer those suffering from this disease. We can help with information on this disease and also short or long-term stays benefiting a caregiver!