How long does an Alzheimer's disease last? What is the life expectancy?

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

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Comments (12)
My wife
12 Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 21:42
Reinhard Desar
My wife (66 years old) had dementia 3 years ago. I am 60. We have been married for 38 years. I still love her. Like on the first day! I used all the help. At night she is with me. The worst thing is when she sleeps and you watch her. And when she talks in her sleep, that's the worst thing in my life. I do everything for her - but, what's next?
life quality
11 Saturday, February 03, 2018 at 11:55
HG Maier
My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 11 years ago. She was and always is very life affirming and also depends on her life. To this day she is approaching other people. As hard as it was for me at the beginning of the disease, today I am experiencing just how many people with dementia and Alzheimer's still have to give. If you allow it and also perceive yourself. I am very proud of it with my Mutetr.
By now it is often the case that I have the impression that she no longer recognizes me. But the knowledge about it is not important to me, because it is crucial how we deal with each other, how we are in contact. I have the feeling that my mother realizes that we belong together and that she reacts in her own way.
In her environment (after years with Eastern European care now for 2 years in a small nursing home) she is very popular. Everyone says that they would miss something, my mother would not be there. The diagnosis was not the end, it was different. Also, I never had the impression that my mother was unhappy. She measures everything with her own standards in the current situation.
I have a little fear of a time when she comes to rest completely and these interactions in everyday life are no longer possible.
10 Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 8:26 pm
rena samka
In 2012, my family doctor diagnosed dementia with me. I am now in the fifth year of this disease. Other doctors behave towards me accordingly: "... can not follow the conversation ...", ect.
I am just attending an assisted consent group and, as a precaution, have withdrawn from my children and grandchildren so that they will not have to experience my coming misery.
When is the eruption of the decay expected when I still feel totally mentally fit - without any restrictions?
Of course, I am suffering from extreme anxiety that I am already "crazy" almost tomorrow and have already withdrawn prophylactically from the social life.
Can it be that you do not notice his dementia?
9 Friday, 01. December 2017 at 19:14
All the best for your mother, beautiful, that helps. With my grandmother, now over 10 years dement, can not help much. Maybe you should have given her a few years earlier something natural instead of the psychiatric dementia. Had you also wanted to be well over 90, but everyone can not do that and with dementia the chance is even lower.
In addition to green tea or ginseng, ginkgo, etc., there is still some positive news about this Greek mountain tea, which is now also available as capsules. Should probably have worked well in some subjects. Is just the question with the mix and dose. What can you take together and what not? This can not really be stopped or improved.Vitamin D and K2 as well as magnesium and herbs are certainly also good as a prevention and treatment.
Even Asian medicinal mushrooms, hop extract, amino acids or wine extract resveratrol to show in Alzheimer's effect. Yes, there are so many good things. Maybe the disease will not be around soon.
Natural remedy for dementia
8 Friday the 1st of December 2017 at 11:34
Simone Gerbert
I have learned about the dietary supplement "neurofelixir" on Facebook and just ordered a pack (with the omega-3 oil). Before that, I had already worked intensively on the effects of green tea and other polyphenols and found the combination quite exciting. Above all, the dosage of the individual substances is considerable. My mother speaks surprisingly well, even if she does not like it - it's very bitter. She feels fitter and can sleep much better again. In addition, I have the feeling that she can concentrate better in conversations and that she also simply has more self-propelled. So for us a real ray of hope!
Natural remedies for dementia?
7 Friday, 01 December 2017 00:53
Adrian B.
Who has good experiences with coconut oil, curcumin, cbd oil, Gr. Beergtee, lipoic acid etc. against dementia like Alzheimer's? Is it possible to live better with it for longer or delay the onset of dementia? What about fasting or detoxifying?
Thank you
My mother is over 60 now and my grandmother has been demented for years. I want to do something for her! Can you really prevent dementia? My grandmother had an operation before dementia, including anesthesia and then medication. The OP could have sped up on her.
I hope that my mom is still fit at 80, yes, I hope so and I wish her. Soon she should let test the vitamin D values! And supplement vitamin K2.
Life expectancy with Alzheimer's
6 Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:19
Theodor Lymar
My mother is 78 years old and has been ill since 2004. She has been bedridden for about 3 years and has to be cared for at nursing level 5 24H / daily. She only expresses herself emotionally with a grin and pleasure to see us. Heart failure, kidney failure, thyroid disease, bedsores .... defies them militantly through zest for life. We have an old frail "baby" and still feel like children while she is still alive.
Alzheimer care level 2
5 Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 2:44 pm
I have a partner with dementia, he is 64 years old and got nursing level 2 a year ago. You have to stay on the ball and ask again and again at the health insurance !!!!!!
Care level in dementia
4 Friday, March 25, 2016 at 15:59
Gabriele Horst
My father (94) was in Care Level I when he had severe dementia at the beginning of the year. Since we have to supervise him 24 hours, we have submitted a request for care level II. This was rejected on the grounds that dementia patients were not - in terms of care - physically restricted. It is not until 2017 that services in dementia / Alzheimer's sufferers are to be included in the list of care services.
Stage in dementia
3 Wednesday, 03. February 2016 at 16:04
My own experience: My wife is suffering from dementia and it is about grading the level of care, who can tell me how to determine the level ??
Stadiums only a guideline
2 Friday, August 28, 2015 at 10:16
Editorial staff navigator medicine dementia

yes, that can be. The transitions between the stadiums are fluid, there are many gray areas. In principle, the stadia information serves the doctors only as a rough guide, the individual histories may well leave this pattern.

Meaning: It can happen that sometimes one or the other symptom occurs very early or even very late or not at all in dementia, ie does not adhere to the official staging.

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Alzheimer's dementia and Parkinson's
1 Friday, August 28, 2015 at 09:24
Can it be, it is said of three stages, that in the second stage already clear symptoms of the third or first stage occur?