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Dementia vs Alzheimer’s: The Lowdown

Dementia is thought of as a disease of old age. While it’s true that dementia becomes much more prevalent among older individuals, the truth is that it’s far more complex than most think. It’s also importantly not a synonym for Alzheimer’s, a condition that also impacts many individuals over the age of sixty-five. Understanding the difference between the two, means understanding a bit about both conditions and realizing that the difference between a diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s can play a major role in the future of a loved one.
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Women and Alzheimer’s

According to recent statistics, 3.2 million of the 5 million Americans presently living with Alzheimer’s disease are women. While men have a 1 in 11 chance of developing Alzheimer’s over the course of their lifetimes, women’s chances are 1 in 6. Why Are Women More Likely to Suffer from Alzheimer’s? For quite some time, researchers have attributed the increased rate of Alzheimer’s among women to the simple fact that women live approximately four to five years longer than men. The logic is simple. Alzheimer’s is an age-related condition, and so individuals who live longer, whether male or female, will necessarily
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