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A 36-year-old male asked about a 67-year-old female:

Mom, 67, diagnosed with sd. did not take care of self before i became her guardian last year. prob had sd for 4-5 yrs. how long can she expect to live?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
It varies.: Although the frequently quoted average is 10 years, this will depend on her overall health issues as well.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 36 years experience
Check with your doc: Needs a thorough examination to determine her life expectancy.
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 24 years experience
Severe dementia: People with severe dementia will not be able to care for themselves. Their life expectancy is like that of an infant. They are completely dependent on others for survival. With excellent care they could survive for a long time. They will need help to remember to eat and drink. Severe dehydration can occur as well as advanced infections. Unfortunately it requires constant care and supervision.

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Last updated Dec 10, 2013

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