Dementia is a broad term that describes a set of symptoms including impaired thinking, reasoning and memory and these symptoms may interfere with an individual’s ability to function in daily life. By contrast, Alzheimer’s disease is a specific type of dementia. Therefore, using the terms dementia and Alzheimer’s disease synonymously is not accurate or correct.
While anyone may exhibit signs of forgetfulness, especially as we age, that does not necessary mean an individual has dementia. Some signs that an individual may be experiencing dementia, may include the asking of repetitive questions, difficulty following directions, placing objects in odd or unusual places or showing signs of confusion in familiar locations or performing daily tasks. Should your loved one start exhibiting these behaviors, it is time to see a doctor for an evaluation.
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