By: Amy Sobrino, LMSW One of the most frequent questions I receive from families, caregivers, or person with memory loss is “What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?” This concept can be a little confusing, especially in the midst of a recent diagnosis. This article will help explain this common question, as well as go into some basic information about Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Think of dementia as an “umbrella word”. Dementia itself describes a set of symptoms (memory loss, confusion, judgment impairment, cognition challenges, etc.). Under the “umbrella” of dementia, there are many different types or forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, making up over 60% of all dementia diagnoses. Some other common forms of dementia include Lewy Body Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia, Mixed Dementia, Vascular Dementia, and Dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a progressive dementia, meaning… → Keep Reading
Ben Molina Program Services Intern Benjamin Molina joined Memory Care Home Solutions in January 2017 as an undergraduate practicum student. Ben is currently completing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of Missouri St. Louis and will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Social work at Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration on older adults and aging societies. Ben has a passion for working to improve the lives of older adults. Ben’s practicum and work experiences at Jubilee Association of Maryland, the Conflict Resolution of Montgomery County, and Nazareth Living Center have guided his desire to work with older adults. He is excited to work in an organization that is dedicated to supporting caregivers as they care for their loved one at home.
Mackenzie Johnson OT Intern Mackenzie is currently a student at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine working towards her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University in 2014, where her passion for geriatrics began. Before coming to Saint Louis, Mackenzie worked as a caregiver and qualified medication administration person (QMAP) at Metzler Memory Care in Colorado, where she developed a love for memory care and a greater understanding of the role of the caregiver. She is delighted to be going into the field of Occupational Therapy and joining Memory Care Home Solutions in her first fieldwork at such an exciting time. She cannot wait to learn from all the clinicians and families as she begins her own journey as a future professional.