Alzheimer Disease (cont.)
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Alzheimer's disease starts slowly but finally results in severe brain damage. People with the disease gradually lose cognitive functions, ability to carry out activities of daily living, and ability to respond appropriately to their surroundings. They eventually become completely dependent on others for care. These losses are inevitable, but the speed with which they occur varies from person to person and may be slowed down by treatment.
Alzheimer's disease is considered to be a terminal disease. The actual cause of death usually is a physical illness such as pneumonia. Such illnesses can be debilitating in a person who is already weakened by the effects of aging and the disease. On average, a person with Alzheimer's disease will live 8-10 years after the disease is diagnosed. Some people live for as long as 20 years with good nursing care.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/1/2014
Rodrigo O Kuljis, MD
Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Helmi L Lutsep, MD
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