Like any disease, Alzheimer’s disease affects each individual differently. Some people progress quickly through the stages (a few years) while others may live twenty years or more post diagnosis.
There will be common symptoms for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. They will lose memory, communication skills, and eventually loss of motor skills and internal organ function.
Within the past twenty years, much research as been done to find a cure. None has been found, but many drugs (Aricept, Exelon, Namenda, Razadyne) have proven to slow the symptoms in many patients.
Most doctors agree that early introduction of these medicines can preserve the quality of life for many patients.