One of the most common misconceptions is that Alzheimer’s disease is a stage of dementia, or vice versa. Although it is the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is only one of the brain disorders that causes dementia. In fact, “dementia” is a general term for any disorder that causes a change in memory and other thinking skills, including:

  • a change in orientation to time and place
  • not recognizing people or things
  • changes in personality or behaviors
  • changes in sleep or appetite

If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, talk with your primary care provider, Drake Memory Clinic or our Memory Disorder & Dementia Clinic. These symptoms are also be present in a number conditions, so it's important to talk with your care provider for an accurate diagnosis. 

Treatment for Alzheimer's

Although a cure does not exist for Alzheimer's, treatment options continue to improve as we learn more about this disease and the science behind it. 

About the Maier Institute

The Institute is designed to help patients, their families and caregivers navigate the complex needs of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.