As a leading provider of dementia care and Lancaster Alzheimer’s home care, we know firsthand how common it is for people to confuse the two, or even think they’re the same condition given they share some similar symptoms. However, there are distinct differences between the two and it is important for caregivers to understand these differences to ensure proper treatment is received.
Dementia describes a general category of symptoms that results in diminished mental ability. These symptoms impact daily life and are severe enough to hinder the ability to perform routine tasks. These symptoms may include memory loss, inattention, confusion, hallucinations, and more. Dementia is not a specific disease, and there are different forms of dementia, including Lewy Bodies dementia, vascular dementia, mixed dementia, and dementia caused by certain diseases. These diseases include Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Alzheimer’s. Some causes of dementia are temporary or can be reversed.
Alzheimer’s is a specific form of dementia and accounts for at least 60 percent of dementia cases. The most common early sign of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering information that was just learned. As AD advances, other more serious symptoms develop including disorientation, mood changes, deep confusion, paranoia, and other behavioral changes that often necessitate the need for live-in home care in Lancaster. Eventually, a senior with Alzheimer’s may develop difficulty walking, speaking, and swallowing. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and is not reversible or curable. However, there are treatments available that can temporarily improve symptoms.
Interested in learning more about the dementia or Alzheimer’s support services near you? Call (717) 540-4663 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable Care Manager from Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care in Lancaster. We are available to speak with you 24/7 and offer complimentary in-home consultations.