Dementia sufferers live about 4 1/2 years after diagnosis, study says

January 14, 2008 2:01:59 PM PST
People with dementia often survive an average 4 1/2 years after diagnosis, according to scientists reporting in the British Medical Journal.

Researchers know dementia raises the risk of dying early, but the study is the first to estimate how long people are likely to survive with the condition. The study also found that most frail patients died on average three years sooner than people who are more robust , even with age factored in.

They say the findings might help families and health professionals better plan and care for people with dementia.