Do you Know the Difference Between Dementia vs Alzheimers?

Dementia vs alzheimers (known as Alzheimer's disease)  became important for me since dementia was common in my ancestral background. My mother told me that her mother had dementia, my father's mother definitely suffered from it too. Since these brain diseases were in my genes, I was worried that I might develop either one.

Alzheimers is a brain disease which slowly diminishes brain cells. Since I've had trouble with my memory lately and experiencing lots of foggy thinking, I decided to investigate.

Foggy or fuzzy thinking can be a symptom of ascension, or when I was triggered by a past life, but not loss of memory which is a main symptom of alzheimers.

Here are some important alzheimers statistics:

  • more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease of which more than 3 million are women. A woman's estimated life time risk of developing altzheimers over the age of 65 is 1 out of 6 as compared to 1 in 11 for men.
  • it is the sixth leading cause of death in the America, which means more than 500,000 people die each year from it
  • the estimated growth of this disease by 2050 is close to 16 million

This is what I found about dementia vs alzheimers:

First of all dementia is only a general term as there are many types and Alzheimer's Disease is only one. It is a general term they use for loss of memory.

Since my mother first stroke, her thinking was slower and impaired compared to the way she used to be. She  walked slower and lost sight in one of her eyes. The doctor said she had post-stroke dementia or vascular dementia. It is termed vascular  dementia because the brain has the hugest amount of blood vessels which can become blocked affecting other areas of the body.

In my mother's case, a major blood flow vessel to her brain was blocked with inadequate blood flow that affected her eye and her thinking skills. My mother's thinking was usually sharp.

Multiple small strokes can lead to worsening conditions of thinking processes as more brain cells are killed which I think happened in my mother's case until she had her major stroke which left her with severe physical impairment.

Other symptoms of vascular dementia are:

  • confused thinking,
  • disorientation,
  • trouble with speech and
  • loss of vision.

Memory loss is not necessarily a symptom.

Vascular brain changes are linked to Alzheimer's Disease which is the most common type of dementia, vascular dementia being second.

In My Research of Dementia vs Alzheimers, I Discovered Many Types of Dementia

Dementia vs AlzheimersBlood Vessels In Brain

Other types of dementia besides Alzheimer's Disease and Vascular Dementia are:

Dementia with Lewy Bodies - besides having memory and thinking problems, there are sleep disturbances, visual hallucinations, muscle rigidity, and Parkinson type of movements. Lewy Bodies are abnormal clumps of protein in the cortex section of the brain.

Parkinson's Disease with Dementia - Parkinson's is a nervous disorder that affects your movement and can start with  a slow tremor of muscles in  one of your hands. In the beginning stage of Parkinson's, a person's face will show little to no expression, and the arms will not swing when you walk which is a slow shuffle, and speech will be soft and slurred.

Within a year after onset of Parkinson's, brain changes will cause  symptoms of dementia affecting memory, speech, thought processes and doing basic tasks.

A very good friend's husband has Parkinson's and I'm seeing these gradual changes affecting him.

Frontotemporal Dementia's symptoms are changes in behavior and personality, and difficulty  with speaking. The frontal and side regions of the brain are affected.

Creutzfelt-Jacob Disease - this is a fatal and rare brain disease also known as 'mad cow' disease. This disorder causes memory loss, difficulties in speech and co-ordination. the onset of symptoms leads to a rapid decline in bodily functions.

My sister's symptoms started in October when she entered the royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and she died the day before Christmas in 2001. With this disease, your brain becomes like Swiss cheese. Watching my sister's sister's rapid decline from this disease was extremely difficult and gut-wrenching especially since she worked daily at keeping her mind sharp with scrabble and word puzzles.

Normal pressure hydrocephalus - symptoms include difficulty walking, memory loss and inability to control urination. This condition is caused by a build up of fluid in the brain.

Huntington's Disease is a progressive brain disorder caused by a defective gene which causes involuntary movements, loss of thinking and reasoning abilities,  mood changes such as depression.

Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome - this is a chronic memory disorder caused by lack of thiamine (B1). It can also be caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Take B.N.C-W from Pure Herbs

There is also Mixed Dementia which is a combination of one and more types of dementia including Alzheimer's.

In conclusion, regarding dementia vs alzheimers, dementia is a general term for loss of mental abilities including memory; Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia.

You can find more detailed information regarding dementia vs alzheimers at What is Dementia?

Here is also another good resource for the mentally disabled seeking assistance. This website summarizes available governmental, organizational and other resources and makes them easily accessible to those searching for assistance. It includes dozens of the latest studies and external resources. Go to Mentally Disabled With Addiction Problems.

Suggestions for Preventing Dementia vs Alzheimers

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You may be wondering how can you protect yourself from dementia and alzheimer's disease?

Here are my suggestions for keeping your brain healthy:

  • It is important to be active, physically and mentally. Take daily walks, try yoga which I've learned and love. Our class does yoga on the docks beside the water.

Challenge your brain by learning a new hobby such painting or drawing, take dance lessons or learn to play the guitar. I'm presently taking bass guitar lessons. Learning a new hobby keeps your brain active.

  • Eat healthy meals consisting of veggies such as salad and beans, fish, chicken or turkey, and eat lots of fruit. Go easy on the beef. We don't need as much protein from meat as we think.

Your plate should be about 8 inches, 1/2 filled with  two colors of vegetables, 1/4 with rice, bulgar, quinoa, pasta or bread, and the other 1/4 with protein such as tofu beans such as lentils.

  • Practice meditation and deep breathing to keep your stress levels do
  • Sleep regularly for at least 7 to 8 hours.
  • Very importantly, take an herbal brain food such as B.& N.C.-W which I do from Pure Herbs which has greatly improved my memory.

You can order this liquid herbal combination by contacting me and I will test you to see if your body your body needs it. You can find out more information about these 100 % natural herbs at healing through natural herbs.

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