That's a question many relatives ask themselves. Does Alzheimer shorten life expectancy? Or in bad cases: What releases those affected?
In fact, dementia itself, the loss of nerve cells in the brain, does not directly threaten life. So you can not die of dementia.
However, that's only half the story. After all, with advanced dementia or Alzheimer's disease, life expectancy is often shortened.
This is mainly due to the eventually arising bedriddenness. Even the loss of bodily functions - in late stages it can happen, for example, that the affected can no longer chew or their chair can no longer control - plays an important role here.
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All this results in a higher susceptibility to serious infections. Not a few dementia patients die of pneumonia.
Author: Dr. med. Jörg Zorn
Source: Alzheimer Research Initiative