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What are the symptoms of late-stage dementia?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and of all dementia cases, Alzheimer’s disease represents around 60 to 80 percent. While Alzheimer’s disease primarily affects the elderly, early symptoms can manifest in individuals who are in their 40s. Once symptoms become noticeable, patients live an average of eight years before succumbing to the disease. Among its risk factors, advancing age and family history of the disease are the most prevalent, and links between head trauma, such as repeated concussions, and Alzheimer’s disease are also present. Additionally, cardiovascular health can serve as an indicator of the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia, and individuals who suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes and heart attacks face an increased risk of developing the condition.

Sources: alzheimers.org.uk, alz.org

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