Are Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Related

Alzheimers vs Parkinsons

Are Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Related?

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are related in that they are both diseases which affect the brain.  Researchers believe that the memory loss from Parkinson’s is very different from the memory loss that occurs with Alzheimer’s. In fact, only 50 to 80 percent of Parkinson’s patients develop dementia, according to

Main Differences Between Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s

The other difference between Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s is how each disease affects the body.  Alzheimer’s primarily affects memory and, in its advanced stages, it impairs motor functions.

Parkinson’s is a distinct neurodegenerative disorder characterized by muscle tremors and stiff muscles. The overlap between Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s comes in the later stages of Parkinson’s where a patient can develop symptoms of dementia. Those with Parkinson’s who do have dementia – called Parkinson’s disease dementia – typically don’t develop it for 10 to 15 years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

The Overlap

As many doctors will describe it, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are two separate neurological conditions which can overlap. Parkinson’s is caused by small structures called Lewy bodies which are scattered in the brain. Dementia caused by Parkinson’s occurs when Lewy bodies accumulate in specific areas in the brain associated with memory function. There are no Lewy bodies in Alzheimer’s but once the brain has been weakened by Lewy body dementia, a patient becomes vulnerable to Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s may be related in that both may affect the same part of the body but the diseases are quite different.

Phoenix, Arizona Senior Care & Assistance

If you have a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s in the Phoenix area and have additional questions, please give us a call. We’d be happy to answer questions you might have about caring for your loved one and how you can be of better assistance. Visit our home page for more information on our home care services for seniors.


Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Previous Post

Why Do Alzheimer’s Drugs Keep Failing?

Next Post

Are Alzheimer’s Patients Worse at Night

Devoted Guardians'
Response to COVID-19

Devoted Guardians is actively monitoring the progression of the coronavirus, COVID-19, to ensure that we have the most accurate and latest information on the threat of the virus. As you know, this situation continues to develop rapidly as new cases are identified in our communities and our protocols will be adjusted as needed.

While most cases of COVID-19 are mild, causing only fever and cough, a very small percentage of cases become severe and may progress particularly in the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions. Because this is the primary population that Devoted Guardians serves, we understand your concerns and want to share with you how our organization is responding to the threat of COVID-19.

We are following updates and procedures from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) State Department of Health, local and county authorities, the Home Care Association of America and other agencies and resources. Our response and plans may adjust according to the recommendations from these organizations.