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What is the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia?

Connie Thimmig, Director of Enrichment Services & Certified Dementia Practitioner, Felician Village

Dementia is a general term used to describe symptoms that impact memory, daily functioning and communication abilities. It is not a specific disease. There are many different types of dementia; Alzheimer's disease is the most common.

About 60% to 80% of people who have dementia have Alzheimer's. Other common types include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and Parkinson's. Alzheimer's or dementia is not a normal part of aging. If you are concerned about your memory, please talk to your doctor.

Contact Connie with other questions about dementia or to schedule a memory screen at (920) 684-7171, ext. 351 or email.


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