Question 1 of 5
The terms are related but not the same: Alzheimer's, just like Vascular Dementia and Frontotemporal Dementia is a specific progressive brain disease. Just like "cancer" is a general term, dementia is the general term to describe the symptoms of these diseases.
Question 2 of 5
Dementia diseases are not part of the natural aging process. It is true that age can increase a person's risk, but studies also show that improving your mental and physical health can lower your risk or delay the onset.
Question 3 of 5
Dementia describes the symptoms; the decline of skills which may include memory but may also or instead impact thinking, behavior, reading/writing/, judgement, motor skills, etc. The symptoms vary depending on the disease causing the dementia and from person to person.
Question 4 of 5
While Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause, when combined with the four majors forms of dementia it jumps to the 3rd leading cause after cancer and heart disease.
More than memory and more than just mental decline. The more we understand, the easier it is to be compassionate and empathetic.
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