Facts About Other Dementias
Not everyone who shows signs of dementia has Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia is an umbrella term that covers many separate diseases. It is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. Therefore, dementia is not a disease; it is a syndrome, or group of symptoms, associated with many separate underlying diseases. There are over 20 different types of dementing diseases but the most common is Alzheimer’s, accounting for 60-80 percent of the cases. Individuals may have more than one type of dementia.
is considered the second most common type of dementia. It is caused by decreased blood flow to parts of the brain often due to a series of small strokes that block arteries. Symptoms often overlap those of Alzheimer’s, although memory may not be as seriously affected.