Is Dementia the beginning of Alzheimer's?

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what test can a Dr do to tell them, this person has the beginning of Alzheimers? there has to be something to tell them, you can't tell if a person has it or not.

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Dementia is a general term for any loss of the mental status and function.
Alzheimer's is a very specific kind of dementia, which is diagnosed by detailed testing and brain imaging.
Vascular dementia is the kind caused by strokes or mini-strokes.
Lewy Body dementia is another type. There are MANY different things that cause dementia, including alcohol, long term medication use, brain injury, infection and chemicals. See the MD ASAP.
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What about when they mimmick your body language, and use the same words you did, from previous conversations? Even though everything I say and do is wrong.
It starts out dementia and grows in to alzheimer's?
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ladaustell, is your uncle under a doctor's care? What does the doctor say is wrong? There could be a few things that could cause these symptoms. Some of them are treatable, others are not so easy to treat. Maybe you can start a new thread so that people will provide answers to your question alone.
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my uncle is wetting himself and can't remember to take a bath and losing weight real bad he has black out plenty of time and also can't remember thing and has a real cough
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Have to add that dementia is a symptom of other diseases, too. Any disease of the brain that alters cognition can cause dementia. Examples are vascular dementia or the various Lewey body dementias.
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Dementia is a symptom of Alzheimer's. One of the regions most affected by the disease is the hippocampus. This is a part of the brain that is involved in processing short-term memory. As the hippocampus becomes progressively more damaged, it becomes harder to remember things that are happening at the present or recent times. A persistent short-term memory problem is usually the first symptom noticed for Alzheimer's.
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I'm wanting to know if Alzheimers is Dementia?
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