Billy G. wrote:
I know the latest discussion in this thread is about the chatroom. However, the thread was started by Cathy w/a C and and I don't know if anyone answered her question or not but thought I would try. I may be way off from what has happened already but oh well. Maybe she has already gotten the answer she wanted. If that is the case then Cathy, and all others, please forgive me.
Cathy asked if Alzheimers and Dementia are the same thing. My answer is this. My research has resulted in the following description. "Dementia" is the disease, the cause
can be one or more of the following. It can be Alzheimer's, it can be Picks, Lupus or several other brain degenerating diseases. Without specific testing it is hard to know what the cause is. My wife has Dementia. One doctor referred to it as "Early Onset Alzheimer's" another doctor referred to it as "Picks". Both of these can effect a person at an early age. My wife was 48 when the symptoms first started. None of the doctors locally nor at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Az have performed any testing to conclude without question what has caused her Dementia. They all agree it is Dementia with unknown origin and they all have their theories but no specific answer. I have been told the only way to know for sure is to have a PET (Positron Emissions Transivity) done however, none will agree to doing it because it is expensive and the results won't prove anything different than the fact that she has Dementia. Hence, I will always wonder what is causing her brain to die and what, if anything, in the past may have led to this situation. After about 9 years she is totally bedridden and cannot do anything for herself and there are no sounds unless she is uncomfortable or there are loud noises, then she will scream out. At this point she is just existing. I have her at home because of other issues relating to others lack of concern for her care.
Sorry for butting in. It seems I am always coming in at the end of everything and missed everything up front. I saw the thread and noted that there were no responses relating to the original topic of discussion and thought I would add my 2 cents worth. Again, I am sorry if I am just repeating what has already been discussed.