WASHINGTON (March 19, 20130--A new report found that a staggering one-third of those older than 65 have Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia when they die.
There is no cure for Alzheimer's, and barring a breakthrough, everyone who gets it eventually will die with it, but the report Tuesday from the Alzheimer's Association highlights the impact for older adults.
The report shows that even if dementia isn't the cause of death it can be a final blow that speeds the decline from other illnesses.
Patients may forget to take pills for diabetes, for example or may be unable to express symptoms until an infection gets bad.
They're hospitalized more often.
And severe Alzheimer's prevents swallowing and moving around in ways that can trigger pneumonia, a main cause of death for these patients.