Dementia Overview (cont.)
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Can dementia be prevented?
No known way to prevent irreversible dementia or even many types of reversible dementia exists. The following may help prevent certain types of dementia:
The following may allow early treatment and at least partial reversal of dementia:
What is the life expectancy for a person with dementia?
The outlook for most types of dementia is poor unless the cause is an early recognized reversible condition. Irreversible or untreated dementia usually continues to worsen over time. The condition usually progresses over years until the person's death. Life expectancy after diagnosis averages about 8-10 years with a range from about 3-20 years.
Making decisions about end-of-life care is important.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/20/2016
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