Just released findings from researchers have yielded a tool that helps predict the life expectancy of patients with dementia according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.

“With good accuracy Swedish researchers studied over 50,076 patients,” shares Jesse Slome, director of the long-term care insurance organization.   Patients with dementia were followed starting in 2007 for a maximum of 9.7 years.

The researchers reported that the median survival time from dementia diagnosis was 5.1 years for women and 4.3 years for men,” Slome shared.  Dementia and Alzheimer’s accounts for the most common reason individuals with long-term care insurance claim benefits.  In some cases, they can amount to long-term care insurance claims that in total have exceeded hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Median survival time varied by the age at which the condition was discovered.  For example, for men, the median survival time was 6.1 years for men diagnosed between ages 65 and 75, 4.4 years when diagnosed between ages 75 and 85 and 2.8 years when diagnosed after age 85.  For women, the survival time was 7.5 years, 5.6 years and 3.6 years respectively.