Alzheimer’s Disease Affects Nearly 5.4 Million People
Alzheimer’s Disease is the best known of an entire spectrum of diseases known as dementia.
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Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia. Think of dementia as an umbrella that covers all types of cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s disease as one of the many types of disorders that is under the umbrella. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation states that up to 64% of all dementias are due to Alzheimer’s.
But Alzheimer’s is often diagnosed after other types of dementia have been ruled out, as the disease can only be definitively diagnosed with a post-mortem autopsy on the brain.
The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) defines dementia as “an overall decline in intellectual function, including difficulties with language, simple calculations, planning and judgment, and motor skills, as well as loss of memory.”
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