Q: How are Alzheimer's and dementia different?

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Dementia describes a set of symptoms including problems with reasoning, remembering, thinking, and behavior severe enough to get in the way of your daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive type of dementia that starts in a region of the brain responsible for memory. One of the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss.

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