Alzheimer’s and dementia. Two dreaded diagnoses that we all hope to avoid hearing from our aging loved ones’ doctors. But what exactly are the differences between the two, and does making a distinction between them really matter?

Yes and no, according to Paula Spencer Scott, author of Surviving Alzheimer’s: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers, in a Huffington Post article. Recently, the diagnostic term “dementia” officially changed to “major neurocognitive disorder,” which may not mean much to the general public and may actually confuse the issue. Scott advises families not to get hung up on the exact name of what your loved one has, as care needs are likely to remain the same, regardless of whether it’s Alzheimer’s or dementia. She does urge families, however, to find out what is behind the name of the diagnosis, including symptoms and changes to expect, and to find out what to do about the diagnosis in terms of a care plan.

If Alzheimer’s or dementia are affecting someone you love reach out to Regency Home Care of Atlanta, GA for a solution like great elder care or senior care in Vinings, Buckhead or Dunwoody. You may find yourself facing some difficult decisions. With a care partner like Regency Home Care of North Atlanta on your side, however, you’re never alone. Our in-home caregivers are specially trained and experienced in handling the challenges of Alzheimer’s and dementia with patience and gentle encouragement. Call us at 678-999-2446, or fill out our simple online contact form to tell us more about your situation and to find out how we can help.