People with Alzheimer's often live for years with the disease, eventually dying from other ailments. The time from diagnosis to end of life varies. It can be as little as 2 years. Or, it may be 10-12 years or beyond.

The good news is the FDA is currently in the process of testing and approving a new series of drugs that have shown great promise in slowing down the progression of the disease. This means if someone is diagnosed in the early stages of Alzheimer's (where they are often still able to function in many aspects of everyday life) the effect of the drugs may stretch the early stages out for a decade or two. This has the potential to totally change the whole landscape of how the disease affects people's lives.