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I Have Alzheimer’s or Another Dementia
How long will I live?
Welcome Fish and fishing. I was told the same thing in 2009. Guess what? I'm still here. So are Mimi S. and Michael and others. No one, even your own doctor, knows how long a PWD (person with dementia) will live. First of all, is it truly dementia? There are many dementia mimics that must be ruled out by a thorough medical and neurological evaluation. Also, many PWDs die of the most common causes of death, which are heart disease and cancer. The course of the dementias can run 10 to 20 years or more. There is a thread about when we had our earliest symptoms on the Younger Onset board.
For many PWDs, unfortunately, by the time they are diagnosed, they are already in the middle to late stages of their disease. What we aim to do on this board is to use lifestyle habits to prolong the early stages. These are not a guarantee, but they can help. Nevertheless, PWDs have to come to terms with having a serious illness. I call us Dementia Pioneers, because we are the first generation of patients who are proactive in our own care and we can take steps to help ourselves. We support each other in this. We can still have a fulfilling life.
Please tell us more about yourself. I take it you love fishing. Please keep posting, and join us in supporting each other.
Welcome to our world Fish and Fishing. We're so glad you found us.
I do echo what Iris wrote. Too many other variables are involved.
At what stage of the disease was the diagnosis made. What is the health condition of the patient? Other problems that may develop.
Do get involved in what we call Best Practices. Various research have shown that eaCH, INDIvIDUALLY MY PROLONG THE EARLIER sTAGES OF THE DISEASE AnD IN COMBINATION, THERE IS A MULTIPLYING EFFECT.
1. Take meds as directed.
2 Increase physical activity. The goal is to get the heart pumping at a faster rate for a bit.
3. Cognitive Activities. A variety is best. You aim for stimulation but not frustration. You don't need the fancy ones you pay for.
4. Mediterranean Diet. Search the internet. No smoking and limited alcohol.
5. Socialization. You need interaction with others.
My wife started some early symptoms at age 59. She is now 73 and is still walking around and is still "here", although her communication is difficult. She's otherwise healthy, so it may be several more years. Everyone is different, but I wouldn't count on only 4 years!