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The two are often confused, leading to unnecessary worry, the difference is explained in the article below.

A few years ago, the organisation Alzheimer’s Australia changed its name to Dementia Australia. It wasn’t a flashy rebranding exercise but an opportunity to take on a name that better reflected one of the key challenges of ageing. As the second leading cause of death affecting half a million Australians in 2021, it is important that we better understand this scourge.

In summary, dementia is the overall term, like heart disease, that covers a range of symptoms associated with loss of memory and cognitive decline. They also affect behaviour, feelings and relationships.

Alzheimer’s, on the other hand, is a disease that causes dementia and accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. Read on for the full details below: