What is the Prognosis of Alzheimer's Disease?

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Feb 23, 2012

Alzheimer's disease cannot be cured and it is invariably progressive. Read to know prognosis of Alzheimer's disease.

  • According to studies, Alzheimer's disease or AD usually progresses slowly over 8 to 15 years (can also range from two to 25 years). However, the exact time when AD started can be difficult to diagnose.
  • The initial symptoms are mild such as shortened attention span, increased forgetfulness. But it slowly progresses to a stage where the person can fail to recognise family and friends, get lost in familiar places and may have no idea where he is or what day and month it is.
  • People with Alzheimer's disease can be cared for at home as long as some assistance is provided by others. Although a person with AD may develop many cognitive and memory problems, they remain capable of giving and receiving love, sharing warm interpersonal relationships, and participating with family and friends in different activities for a long time. People with Alzheimer's disease may not be able to handle math, money and bills but they may be able to derive pleasure out of reading a magazine or book, or enjoy playing games such as tennis. Therefore, even though AD can make life tough for both the patient and the family there remain many opportunities for positive interactions.
  • On being diagnosed with AD, a person’s ability to deal with it may depend on his personality and the nature and severity of stress in her/his immediate environment. AD can evoke a range of emotions such as stress, frustration, closeness, anger, warmth, sadness, and satisfaction in family members and other people caring for the affected person.
  • Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease but treatment options can help to alleviate many of the symptoms and may also delay the progression of the disease.
  • Death in AD patients does not occur directly from the disease. These patients usually die due to related problems such as difficulty in swallowing or walking which can lead to overwhelming infections, such as pneumonia, and other complications.


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