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Dementia and Alzheimer's are related, but different. Both are cause for concern for families.

grandmother and granddaughter looking at smartphone in parkThe terms "dementia" and "Alzheimer's disease" can be confusing, as many people believe they are synonymous. But the two words mean different things.

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a specific disease. Dementia is not.

Learning about the two terms and the difference between them is important and can empower individuals with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, their families and their caregivers with necessary knowledge.