• crysdawn1998 crysdawn1998
    July 15, 2009
    How do people die of Alzheimer's disease?
    crysdawn1998 crysdawn1998
    July 15, 2009

    Does Alzheimer's actually cause death, or is it the symptoms of Alzheimer's that cause death?

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  • AFA Social Services
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    July 15, 2009
    AFA Social Services
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    July 15, 2009

    Most individuals live an average of eight to ten years after diagnosis.  According to the Center for Disease Control, Alzheimer’s disease is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.  Once an individual reaches the latest stage of Alzheimer’s disease the damage to the brain is pervasive.  A person in this stage is totally dependent on others and most likely cannot perform most tasks without assistance.  When an individual has such limitations of functioning and impaired bodily functions, other illnesses can affect them to a greater degree. For example, pneumonia is a frequent complication of dementia and can be the immediate cause of death. 

  • Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders
    Health Guide
    July 15, 2009
    Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders
    Health Guide
    July 15, 2009

    They die as their organs gradually shut down. The body forgets how to work, so to speak. I believe they are generally considered to have died of Alzheimer's unless some other condition takes them first, such as chronic COPD or other heart disease or stroke. However, a doctor would have to give you a more definite answer.

     

    Carol

  • Christine Kennard
    Health Pro
    July 15, 2009
    Christine Kennard
    Health Pro
    July 15, 2009

    Hi Crysdawn1998

     

    People with Alzheimer's die as a result of the following:

    *From another medical condition such as heart disease or cancer.
    *from the interplay of another illness and Alzheimer's where their dementia has not affected their functioning to a great degree.
    *from end stage Alzheimer's where the disease impacts on all areas of their life and they die from the complications of the condition. Pneumonia is one such end condition.

     

    I wrote a sharepost about dying from Alzheimer's Disease which gives more information and which you might find helpful

     

    Christine

    • Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders
      October 29, 2015
      Carol Bradley Bursack, Minding Our Elders
      Health Guide
      October 29, 2015
      As Christine said, people often die from other illnesses because Alzheimer's takes years to take someone's life. We often read in the news where someone died from complications associated with Alzheimer's. However, if a person stays healthy long enough the body will eventually let go since the brain will not be able to keep sending the appropriate signals to sustain life. It's unfortunate that Alzheimer's isn't more frequently given as a reason for death because if it were there may be more attention paid to the disease, therefore more funding. But to answer your question directly, yes, eventually people can die from Alzheimer's if they don't die from something else first. Thanks for asking! Carol READ MORE

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  • SamuelBaer October 28, 2015
    SamuelBaer
    October 28, 2015
    Alzheimer is a complex disease, which not only causes a memory loss, but affects brain functioning too. The patient become unable to remember who they are, what to do, what they have done etc. Person also faces problems of swallowing or eating. Typical it affects at sixties or seventies, however, lack of self-awareness and care might make it life threatening as well. Early treatment is quite essential in such condition. READ MORE
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