Myth #4: Alzheimer's isn’t deadly
Fact: Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. People diagnosed with Alzheimer's live on average about 8 years following their diagnosis, but survival ranges from four to 20 years.
In the latest stages of the disease, people with Alzheimer's lose their ability to respond to their environment and often lose awareness of their surroundings. They usually require full-time care, and gradually lose the ability to walk, sit, and eventually, swallow. They also become vulnerable to infections such as pneumonia.
In addition, high-risk behaviors in moderate stages such as wandering and getting lost can increase the chance of fatal accidents.