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willwen
Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:08 PM
Joined: 11/20/2021
Posts: 1


Hi all,

What is the expected lifespan of a dementia patient who is at the stage when she needs help with basic living tasks such as feeding and going to toilet?

Thanks.


Babs920
Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:40 PM
Joined: 11/20/2021
Posts: 1


I was looking for the same information.  My mom was diagnosed 4 years ago. She seems to be getting worse by the day. I feel so helpless.
lizziepooh
Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2021 10:44 PM
Joined: 5/2/2019
Posts: 377


From what I have read, you can expect one to two years in each stage.

If you get to stage 7, then each sub stage of 7 could be up to a year or more. Sucks.

I suspect the end of stage 5 to beginning of stage 6 if your PWD (person with dementia) has trouble with toileting and/or feeding.


MN Chickadee
Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021 9:29 AM
Joined: 9/7/2014
Posts: 1360


Many of us talk about the 7 stages. Here is a brief run down of what they are and the average duration. Every PWD follows a different journey,  and your loved one could definitely spend more or less time in any particular stage. If they are otherwise healthy and have no comorbidities then you might follow this trajectory. 

https://www.dementiacarecentral.com/aboutdementia/facts/stages/


Jo C.
Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021 10:27 AM
Joined: 12/9/2011
Posts: 12144


Here is the direct link from Chickadee to reach the information you are asking about.  Scroll down the page to find the information about expected life span from each stage:

https://www.google.com/search?q=expected+life+span+at+each+dementia+stage&rlz=1C1ZCEB_enUS807US807&oq=expected+life+span+at+each+dementia+stage&aqs=chrome..69i57j33i299l2.10882j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 


Jo C.
Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021 10:30 AM
Joined: 12/9/2011
Posts: 12144


Oh drats, it showed the link folding nicely when I placed it; but instead, it came out all spread across the page which hyper-extended the page.  I do not think I can get this fixed until a wweekday, but I will try.  I am sorry this happened.  Sigh.

J.


Farm Gal
Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2021 5:44 PM
Joined: 11/17/2016
Posts: 85


I really like this list of stages and behaviors.  Gives so much more detail.  

https://tamcummings.com/stages-of-dementia/


MarLee92
Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 1:49 PM
Joined: 10/26/2021
Posts: 18


I agree about tamcummings.com

That was recommended to me and I found it very helpful.  It is so scary though, not knowing how long a LO could be or not be at each stage.


 
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