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is it true the yunger the person is the the quicker the go true all the stages of alzheimer's


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Paula Spencer Scott, contributing editor, is the author of Surviving Alzheimer's. A Met Life Foundation Journalists in Aging fellow, she writes extensively about health and caregiving; four of her family members have had dementia.

No, that's not necessarily true. The rate at which an individual progresses through each stage of Alzheimer's can vary. There is no predictable timetable. Many people remain functional and fairly well in the early stage of Alzheimer's for years, even if they are diagnosed in middle age, and especially with the support of medication and other measures such as social and mental stimulation. The average survival rate from first symptoms is about eight years, but many people survive more than 20 years.