How long can an Alzheimer’s patient survive?

A general review of various expert sources tells us that a person with Alzheimer’s disease can survive from three to 20 years after the first symptoms begin. The average length is about eight years. 

Realize that individuals with Alzheimer’s progress at a different rates. Furthermore, not every victim experiences every symptom or ever stage. In addition, some people will plateau at a stage for a long time, while others might speed right through it to the next level.

Alzheimer’s itself does not cause death, but it can be a contributing factor. The disease typically progresses to the point where the body’s organs begin to shut down. This, in turn, can cause myriad other problems. For example, some patients become bedridden. This can lead to deadly bedsores or other infections, or an illness such as pneumonia, which a patient might not be able to fight off.

An excellent resource for families and caregivers can be purchased online or in bookstores. It is “The 36-hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life,” by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins.

For further information please see the following links

Alzheimers: http://abferrarolaw.com/chicago-illinois-alzheimers-caregiving-planning.html

Medicaid (Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home): http://abferrarolaw.com/paying-for-nursing-home-care-in-chicago-illinois.html