Frequently Asked Questions on Alzheimer’s/Dementia


What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?

The term dementia is used to describe a pool of symptoms like memory loss, confusion, and mood and behaviour changes. Dementia can be caused due to a number of reasons of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common.

Is occasional memory loss a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease?

Forgetting things occasionally cannot always be associated with Alzheimer''s. in this disease the memory loss is more serious than forgrtting things occasionally. The memory loss in such cases starts to interfere with daily activities like getting lost when going to the corner shop.

Is dementia heriditary?

Genes may only have a littile effect on our risk of dementia. The likelihood of dementia mostly depends on our age and lifestyle along with the genes we have.

What are the risk factors of developing dementia?

The risk fators are something that increases your likelihood of developing the disease. Risk factors of dementia may include smoking. but above that an anavoidable factor is age - the older you are the more likely you are to develop the condition.

Which foods help to lower the risk of dementia?

Oily fish, which contains omega-3 fatty acids can lower the risk of dementia. There have been reports that turmeric, super foods like berries and particular drinks like red wine can lower the risk of dementia but there has been no evidence in this case.