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🧠 Understanding the Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s 🧠

At Commonwealth House, we often get questions about dementia and Alzheimer’s. While these terms are sometimes used interchangeably, they have distinct meanings. Here’s a brief overview:


  • General Term: Dementia is an umbrella term for a decline in cognitive function severe enough to interfere with daily life.

  • Symptoms: Includes memory loss, difficulty in communication, impaired reasoning, and changes in behavior.

  • Causes: Various conditions can cause dementia, including vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia, and frontotemporal dementia.

Alzheimer’s Disease:

  • Specific Disease: Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of cases.

  • Symptoms: Progressive memory loss, confusion, difficulty with language, and changes in mood and behavior.

  • Progression: It typically worsens over time, eventually interfering with basic bodily functions.

How Commonwealth House Can Help:

  • Specialized Care: Our staff is trained in managing both dementia and Alzheimer’s, providing personalized care tailored to each resident’s needs.

  • Safe Environment: We offer a secure setting designed to prevent wandering and reduce anxiety, ensuring the safety and comfort of our residents.

  • Engaging Activities: Structured routines and engaging activities help maintain cognitive function and promote emotional well-being.

  • Compassionate Support: Our team provides compassionate care, helping residents and their families navigate the challenges of these conditions.

Understanding these differences is crucial for providing the best care and support for your loved one. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our specialized dementia and Alzheimer’s care, please contact us or schedule a tour of Commonwealth House.

Together, we can make a difference. 🏡💙

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