Alzheimer’s may dominate the ads and the literature, but there are in fact over 50 different causes for dementia. The term Dementia is not itself a diagnosis. It is a grouping of illness that have memory impairment in common. If you get a diagnosis of “dementia”, you need to push your doctor for a real diagnosis. And don’t accept Alzheimer’s as a diagnosis unless you have a second opinion from a very knowledgeable source.
Alzheimer’s is always terminal. However, 20% of all dementias are reversible or manageable. And we are learning now that there may be ways to prevent several dementias.
So – in order for you to know what the other 49 dementias are, let me work on preparing a list to post to this page. Each type will be detailed in its own page.