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Definition Series: Dementia

Definition Series:  Dementia

There's Alzheimer's.  There's Dementia.  ... and then there's just being forgetful.

When I was young, for whatever reason, if someone was old and started forgetting things, we just said, “They probably have Alzheimer’s.”  Thinking back, it’s almost humorous to think that a twelve-year old tossed around a very serious disease like Alzheimer’s as a natural state of decline.


Frankly, however, I think our society persists with this idea anyways.  The truth of the matter is that Alzheimer’s is the most common “sub-category” of a bigger problem known as dementia.  


As you or someone you know starts having to deal with mental or cognitive impairments, they may or may not actually have Alzheimer’s.  What you can be more likely certain that they do have is dementia.


Dementia is not a disease.  The Alzheimer’s Association defines it as “a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.”  


That said, dementia can take the form of a disease.  The following are a few examples:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Vascular Dementia (formerly, post-stroke dementia).


The reason it’s important to point this out is to clarify fears.  Just because you may have received a verdict that a loved one has dementia does not mean the dementia is necessarily terminal nor irreversible.  It does not mean that they have Alzheimer’s.  It does not necessarily mean they will lose control of their normal facilities soon.  

Many people can be diagnosed with dementia, but it should not lead to the panic that the person will soon be completely dependent.  Take action, but move forward with a calm mind of hope for solutions -- because they are definitely out there.