How an Alzheimer's disease progresses, how fast it progresses and how long the affected people still live with it, is individually extremely different and therefore can not be predicted on a flat-rate basis.
Looking at the pure statistics, people with Alzheimer's disease live on average for another seven years after the diagnosis. But you can not get very far with statistics here. For one thing, it must be remembered that many of those affected are already very old at the time of diagnosis, so life expectancy is (at least statistically) not that high anyway. At 88, you can also die from heart failure or old age.
On the other hand, there are cases in which those living with the disease for another 20 years. The speed at which the disease progresses is also very different.
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Author:Dr. med. Jörg Zorn
Source: Alzheimer Research Initiative