What is the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia?

Poet’s Walk is proud to specialize in caring for seniors with a range of cognitive degeneration, including dementia and Alzheimer’s. To help members of our memory care communities better understand these types of memory conditions, we aim to act as a resource for seniors and their loved ones, providing valuable insight, care techniques, and personalized attention. In this effort, we are pleased to address some of the most common questions as they relate to various forms of dementia.

Is There a Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s?

Though dementia and Alzheimer’s are similar in many ways, they do have some key differences setting them apart. One of the primary differences is in the speed of onset. Dementia tends to come on very quickly until it reaches a stabilized point. Alzheimer’s, on the other hand, gradually escalates over time throughout the remainder of the individual’s life. For those with vascular dementia, physical limitations are often present from the start, including both fine and gross motor impairments. These inabilities often don’t occur in Alzheimer’s patients until much later stages.

What is the Cause of Vascular Dementia?

Often, Alzheimer’s is attributed to genetic conditions, although doctors are not yet 100% certain of its cause. Vascular dementia, on the other hand, is often caused by trauma to the brain, as is the case in a stroke or a blockage of blood flow to the brain, which is why this condition progresses rapidly. In some cases, small blood flow blockages can lead to a more gradual onset. Through the latest innovations and care technologies, Poet’s Walk is able to monitor the progression of these conditions, allowing us to provide our seniors with the best possible ongoing memory care.

What are the Other Types of Dementia?

Dementia is a catchall term that encompasses a number of cognitive degeneration conditions, including vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s. While Alzheimer’s is the most common, vascular dementia is also fairly prevalent, affecting 1 to 4 percent of elderly individuals above 65. Other conditions in this category include frontotemporal, normal pressure hydrocephalus, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s.

The Poet’s Walk Approach to Caring for Seniors with Memory Loss

The memory caregivers of Poet’s Walk take a holistic approach to patient care, treating each case with an individualized approach. Boasting years of experience in caring for those with vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s at every stage, they are equipped with innovative technology to track their progression. With this dedication, we are able to help our residents and their loved ones achieve the peace of mind that they deserve.

We would be happy to tell you more about our services and how we can help care for your loved one. We welcome you to contact us today to learn more.