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Is Dementia the same as Alzheimer’s?

May 28, 2018

In short, the answer is NO.  Dementia is a more general way of describe symptoms hindering memory or learning new things.  Alzheimer’s, on the other hand, is a type of dementia.  The most common type to be exact.  Other sorts of dementia are vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.  Common causes are drug and alcohol abuse, head injury and depression.  Addressing the aforementioned conditions can be effective against symptoms.

Is there a cure?

Unfortunately, at this time there is no effective cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s.  There is hope in a particular antioxidant, resveratrol, which can be found in red grapes.  According to studies, sustaining a diet rich in fruit, veggies, fish and nuts can offer cognitive progression as we get older.  While the actual cause of Alzheimer’s is yet to be determined, the main risk factor is age.

Is Alzheimer’s hereditary?

In a word, NO.  It is a very small number of Alzheimer’s cases that are associated with blood line.  Genetics do play a part but there are measures that can be taken to lower risk.  These would be maintaining healthy body weight, adhering to a balanced and nutritious diet, regular exercise and practicing good heart health.  Being social and engaging with friends and family is another way to lower the risk, as well as furthering one’s own education.

At A-1 Home Care, we specialize in expert, compassionate Alzheimer’s and Dementia care.  Our Caregivers are well versed in dealing with memory loss, confusion, mood swings and other troublesome symptoms associated with the disease.  Serving the Calabasas and surrounding areas for over 20 years, we are the Home Care Agency of choice for doctors, social workers, case managers and discharge planners across southern California.  Call us today for a free quote at 562-929-8400 or 626-219-6440.