Question by  shaneysteiner (16)

What is normal life expectancy for someone with vascular dementia?


Answer by  gmhindman (20)

The life expectancy for someone with vascular dementia is determined only on an individual basis. The life expectancy depends on the other health conditions of the individual, primarily cardiovascular issues that could be actually be causing the vascular dementia in the first place. For example, someone who has had mutliple strokes is more likely to develop the disease.


Answer by  Richard88 (391)

There is no exact prognosis, because the damage is randomly occuring, but generally a person with vascular dementia lives about one to four years. Unlike Alzheimer's, the dementia occurs from brain tissue death caused by small strokes, and the strokes are single events, not a gradual deterioration. The person often dies from complications of the strokes, not dementia itself.


Answer by  NurseB (513)

I have seen people live up to 20 years. People don't die from the disease itself but usually from the side effects. Most people with dementia eventually lose their appetite. Malnutriton is a big threat. Also falls and accidents put them at risk.


Answer by  schumz04 (17)

Based solely on vascular dementia, there is no standard life expectancy. There are periods of varying "wellness", leading to other health risks and factors. In essence, the only way to determine the life span of someone suffering from this illness is to qualify all other factors affecting him or her.

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