I've just recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. I am 61. Does anyone know how long an Alzheimer's patient typically lives on average, after diagnosis?

I have already gotten a lawyer to draw up the paperwork giving my future caretaker power of attorney for when I can no longer handle my bills and I am looking into long term care facilities in my area. Anything else I should be doing now?

29 Answers

gusmanleora
Answered 10 months ago    reply

What state? some are better than others. A for getting an attorney. May want to looking into a guardianship and trust for your care. You have my admiration and prayers

ell.varga
Answered 10 months ago    reply

I'm in Southern Maryland.


gatewood
Answered 10 months ago    reply

So sorry to hear of your disgnosis. Please educate yourself and your family about this disease.


jina67
Answered 10 months ago    reply

I am so sorry but admiration for being proactive in getting your affairs in order it will be easier for you and your family to know your wishes.


lois
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Think it varies from one to another. My husband was diagnosed with Dementia 4yrs ago at age 57. I retired this past Feb to stay home and care for him. Prayers to you.


t.hortense68
Answered 10 months ago    reply

In Georgia, we have Advanced Medical Directive papers that cover a Living Will and who we want making decisions for us when we are no longer able to make competent decisions

t.hortense68
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Also, my husband was diagnosed at 39 and was able to work with supervision until 4 years ago. He is 53, very social.


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Answered 10 months ago    reply

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quackenbushcassondra
Answered 10 months ago    reply

I’m so sorry that you have been diagnosed with this disease but so full of admiration for how you are dealing with this!


g.moll
Answered 10 months ago    reply

I am so sorry! You are incredibly,brave. Make sure your care facility has the capacity to cope with all stages of this disease. You don't want to get halfway into it, a,d through most of your funds, only to find they ca, kick you out if you develop mood or behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer's. Duration, unfortunately, is very hard to predict. Could be a couple of years to a couple of decades, and there is no way to know how much of that time you will have relatively good functioning. Kudos for not putting off doing what you need to do to protect your wishes.


evelynn
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Life expectancy is between 5 and 20 years after diagnosis I understand. With your positive outlook you will probably be nearer 20 I reckon. God bless you.


wojciechowski78
Answered 10 months ago    reply

You need a Health Surrogate Document designating who can make your health decisions when you can not. My Dad lived about 5 years after he was diagnosed. He did good in Senior Living Home for 2 years, then moved him to a great lockdown unit for 6 months then a nursing home for 5 months.


wojciechowski78
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Good Luck on your journey.


arena10
Answered 10 months ago    reply

I'd start a small memory book. Of all your children and important people in your life. Include photos of yourself with them. Pictures of your home and positive memories. Small enough for a short attention span to look through. My moms favorite photo was her dad.she was diagnosed at 67 and passed 7 years later. I really think she had it a lot longer than that-maybe 61. She lived a full life until the last year and a half, but she stayed active! She ended up with a lot of dental problems and in late stages no one would help her. So keep teeth healthy (I kinda think tooth pain speed up the process) Praying for you!! I'd write letter to my loved ones for them to receive when the time comes. It will remind them of who you really are and not the last stages of the disease.


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Answered 10 months ago    reply

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novoa79
Answered 10 months ago    reply

So sorry about your diagnosis. Join the Alzheimer’s Society and look into research Projects. I found they perform many tests and keep track of changes besides given you the opportunity to be on the cutting edge.


tocc.parkin
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Read up as much as you can


holland
Answered 10 months ago    reply

I can't imagine how scary that diagnosis must be. recognizing it and preparing is a gift to your family and will ease your stress which is important in this disease. May I ask how your diagnosis came about? did you recognize the symptoms yourself and seek medical advice or was it a lived one that noticed it? I am guardian for my Aunt who is in late stages, my sister and I share care responsibility for our mom in mid stage, and I'm seeing very early cognitive signs in my husband age 67. NONE of them would admit there is an issue and don't accept evaluations.

ell.varga
Answered 10 months ago    reply

My fiancé' noticed it first- I kept trying to tell him the same things over and over, or I'd ask him the same question again and again. I asked my family physician about it, he referred me to a neurologist who did a bunch of tests (like an EEG) that were all normal, except for my short term memory. He told me since he had ruled pretty much everything else out, I had dementia. I don't know why he felt it was Alzheimer's as opposed to other dementias, but that's the conclusion he came to.

p.whitmer91
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Get a second opinion - and a third! This sounds like a very shallow diagnosis. My prayers are with you.

hauck
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Get a second opinion. Alzheimer's presents with short-term memory loss. Dementia patients may not have memory problems at all, so I think that memory issues indicate Alzheimer's.

holland
Answered 10 months ago    reply

thank you for sharing Ellena. I'm so glad you sought medical treatment and hope you'll explore some natural treatments also. keep your brain as sharp as possible with challenging tasks. I will include you in my prayers darlin.


barham
Answered 10 months ago    reply

My father-in law died last year 84 year old


hall
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Please read 80 10 10 diet by Dr Graham, nip this illness in the bud


altamirano
Answered 10 months ago    reply

A lot of things memic Alzheimer's. Have u ever been bit by a tick or had lymes disease? There's a lot of good information on YouTube called Awakening Alzheimer's. There's a lot of things you can do now!


danley98
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Everyone is different iWork in a long term care center. And it’s different for everyone. My dad lived with it for about 4 years. He was 70 when he got it and died 74


pattersonlorene
Answered 10 months ago    reply

My mother was diagnose at. 63 she is now 78 was in a nursing home last 8.5 years..I brought her home in jan. At 69 lbs.they told me maybe 6 to 8 weeks left..she went up to 104 lbs by April..im so very blessed to say I still have her living at home with me, she dont know me most days, barely walks anymore, I still get her up daily, sit her in her chair most of the day feed her blended food 4 to 5 times a day...let her know how much I love her...she is back down to 76lbs, but I truly believe the care they get sure does help with how long they hang on! God bless an I wish you an ur caregiver a very long an memorable journey, Its by far easy, but I wouldn't change it for the world.. (time I've had w/my mom)


irizarrylyle
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Please start having green smoothies and smoothies made of raw vegetables. Look up you tube for these. Use coconut oil instead of any other oils. This would help you with your memory and in some cases reversal of Alzheimers.


lois
Answered 10 months ago    reply

Sorry, but what is an 80 Hz refresh rate? I've never heard of that?


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