Do People Die Of Alzheimers Or Do They Die Of The Symptoms Of Alzheimers

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Do People Die Of Alzheimers Or Do They Die Of The Symptoms Of Alzheimers

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

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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.