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Aspen Senior Care of Utah Understands the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and other Dementias

At Aspen Senior Care we specialize in caring for seniors with dementia and providing support for them and their families.  The Aspen Senior Center in Provo is a comprehensive Adult Day Care Center that supports family caregivers who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. We hear the terms Alzheimer’s and dementia used interchangeably but they actually mean different things. Dementia is a blanket term for a set of symptoms that include impaired thinking and memory decline, usually with aging.

The 3 most common forms of dementia are:

    • 1. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) – 60 to 80% of all dementia cases
    • 2. Vascular Dementia – 10 to 15% of dementia cases (Doctors believe it is under-diagnosed)
    • 3. Dementia with Lewy Bodies (LBD) – 10% of dementia cases

Less common forms of dementia include Frontotemporal Dementia (including Pick’s disease), Creutzfeldt-Jacob Dementia, Huntington’s Disease, Korsakoff Syndrome, and Parkinson’s Disease. To learn about all of the types of dementia, visit the Alzheimer’s Association.

The following video clip provides a clear explanation of the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia.