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How quickly does dementia progress?

David B. Reuben, MD
Geriatric Medicine
Dementia progresses at different rates for different people. Some people with dementia decline rapidly -- over a period of two to three years. Other people have had eight to 10 years with the disease, and others have had very stable levels of functioning and then a precipitous decline at the end.

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