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.