Senior Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about geriatric health.

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?

Alzheimer’s and dementia are not synonymous. Dementia is an overarching term that describes a range of symptoms. Alzheimer’s is a specific disease that encompasses some of those symptoms, according to the Alzheimer’s Association (AA).

Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60 percent to 80 percent of cases. It causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. The symptoms typically get worse over time.

Talk to your doctor for more information about the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Source: Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Suzanne Bell, MD, Vandalia Family Care; Archie Enoch, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Anoopa Hodges, MD, Oakwood Primary Care; Berry McCorkle, MD, Premier Infectious Disease; Elaine Scott, CNP, Brookville Family Care; Pamela Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care