How long can you live with dementia?

1 answer | Last updated: May 28, 2014
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How long can you live with dementia?

 


Expert Answers

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.

The answer depends on many different factors, including what's causing the dementia. For Alzheimer's, for example, factors include the age at diagnosis, severity of symptoms, and general health status. Nor is there a texbook progression to the disease; some people go downhill quickly after diagnosis, while others can live with the disease for 10 or more years. You can read more about life expectancy here.