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Can people die from alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine
10 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

In the late stages of alzheimer's disease the body's vital functions break down.
The body "forgets" how to swallow, the muscles grow rigid. The person starts to aspirate, they develop pneumonias, pressure ulcers and other infections that eventually kills them. It's important for patients and their families to talk with their doctor about an advanced directive before that happens.

In brief: Yes.

In the late stages of alzheimer's disease the body's vital functions break down.
The body "forgets" how to swallow, the muscles grow rigid. The person starts to aspirate, they develop pneumonias, pressure ulcers and other infections that eventually kills them. It's important for patients and their families to talk with their doctor about an advanced directive before that happens.
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death.
The most likely final cause of death when one has dementia is pneumonia.

In brief: Yes

Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death.
The most likely final cause of death when one has dementia is pneumonia.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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