It is impossible to predict how long a person with dementia will continue to live. The life expectancy is usually somewhere in the vicinity of seven to 10 years, though there are many documented cases of people with dementia living as long as 20 years after their initial diagnosis. However, dementia does follow a trajectory through certain identifiable stages, which can provide a good indication of where the individual is in his or her cognitive decline.
A couple of caveats here: One is that there is always hope for those with dementia to continue experiencing everyday pleasure and joy, which is what we provide at CountyHouse. A second is that not everyone will experience the exact same symptoms of dementia. With that said, the trajectory of dementia can be summarized through the following seven stages:
- No cognitive decline. This is the normal/average condition.
- Very mild cognitive decline. This stage may be characterized simply by some basic forgetfulness.
- Mild cognitive decline. In this stage, the individual may show some beginning markers of confusion.
- Moderate cognitive decline. Here, the confusion may become even more pronounced or severe.
- Moderately severe cognitive decline. This is where we would consider the individual to have early dementia.
- Severe cognitive decline. This is the stage of middle dementia, and is marked by increased hardship with day-to-day functions.
- Very severe cognitive decline. This final stage is marked by the most major signs of dementia, and the individual may need to be fed, may return to primitive reflexes, and may struggle with a range of neurological problems, including seizures.
Again, those who have been diagnosed with dementia may continue to live for a good long while. Our job is to help them know true pleasure as they do so. Learn more by contacting CountryHouse today.
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