If you are unsure, do not worry. Some health professionals do not know the difference either, so you are not alone.
Dementia is an umbrella term for serious brain conditions that affect reasoning, focus, memory, communication and visual perception. Some types of serious brain conditions are named Dementia such as Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia and Frontotemporal Dementia. Alzheimer’s is a type of Dementia too.
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that leads from difficulty remembering and apathy to difficulty speaking and walking.
To make things even more confusing for people finding out about Dementia, it is possible to have two types of Dementia at the same time. Getting the correct diagnosis is so important to aide the correct treatment.
Just remember: Alzheimer’s is a form of Dementia but Dementia is not a form of Alzheimer’s.