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Life Expectancy for Person with Advanced Dementia Hard to Predict

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Dear Carol: My mother was diagnosed with mixed dementia (vascular dementia along with Alzheimer’s) at age 67. She’s now 75 and the doctor says she’s in Alzheimer's stage seven. She’s had two strokes and takes medication for high blood pressure. Mom doesn’t know anyone and simply sits and stares into space without reacting very much. All of her doctors are vague about her life expectancy. I don’t expect the doctor to know exactly how long she will continue this way but I’d like some idea.  Are they uncomfortable with my question? PT

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Iron Levels May Dementia and Stroke Risk

Pills_190843It’s long been accepted that iron is a necessary nutrient for the body though the amount needed can change with an individual’s age as well as gender. Now, there is evidence that iron can also have conflicting effects depending on whether a person is at risk for stroke and vascular dementia or for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Sneak Calories and Nutrients into an Elder's Diet When They Don't Have an Appetite

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Monitor Your Blood Pressure to Avoid Vascular Dementia

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Till Death Do They Part: Why Long-Married Couples Often Die Close Together

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Is Poor Dental Health Linked to Alzheimer’s?

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