How long do people with Parkinson's disease live?

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I hope no one takes that badly but my husband has had it for 10 year.

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People understand what you mean - the suffering and decline takes a toll on the patient and the caregiver - both suffer. How long people with Parkinson's live depends a lot on age and general health. Please try to get some support for yourself and see a doctor for yourself. This long caregiving can cause depression, and that can usually be treated. Also, you likely need some respite care.

Try going to AgingCare's Parkinson's Support Group section. They can be most helpful and provide you the support you need. You are not alone in this.
Carol
I imagine that ANY feedback you might receive from ANYone about when Parkinson's-Diseased people die would be educated guesstimates at best. I'm curious about why you need that question answered. Getting actively involved with a local Caregiver Support Group can be quite enlightening.
My mother had a strong heart but one day in the nursing home she had a gran mal seizure that lasted 10 min. Since a gran mal seizure of a few min is very serious... she was going to be in dire straits. She had signed for no code. She could not swallow. She was given no water which is not really a horrible death according to an article my eldercare lawyer sent because the mind goes first. With no water she died w/in three days. She was 79. My cousin tried to make me feel guilty telling me having no water was a horrible death, I was an only child and could order intravenous feeding. My mother wanted to die. She was always saying I wish I was dead. The good lord doesn't want me and the devil won't take me. I never asked to come into this world. She used to say these statements when I was a child so it made it easy for me to think -- well mom you have gotten your wish. The quality of life at the end also makes it easier to make the decision to let them go.
I started having tremors in my left leg in January of 2001. Exactly one year later, the tremors began in my left hand. Since then, I have had no other symptoms to deal with and operate a full-time consulting practice. The tremors have only been noticeable to others for the past year. My gait and balance are excellent.
I agree that all patients are different as far as how long they live. Take care of yourself first. My dad wound up living with me for 7 yrs. after he took care of my mom who had Parkinsons. She made him promise not to put her in a nursing home and both times when he had a heart attack she had to go in one. The social worker called me and told me your dad should not be taking care of your mother. She belongs in a nursing home and soon after he had the second heart attack and was in the hospital for 4 months (till his medicare ran out). He had a feeding tube for a yr and a half when he came to live with me for 7 yrs until his death. My doctor put me on zoloft. He wanted her to come to live with me too but my husband thought it was too much. He did not like it when my husband said if she comes down here she goes in a home. She died about 3 months after he came to live in my home so we did not have to deal with moving her into a home here. I took care of her when he went in the hospital once for kidney stones and she woke me in the night. I could not sleep and the next day when I was driving around to get meds I felt like a zombie with no reflexes if someone went in front of the car. I still take a 1/2 zoloft. Now I am dealing with my husband who had alzheimers. I have long term care insurance and plan to hire people when necessary. It cannot be stated emphatically enough TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FIRST OR YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF ANYONE. Hang in there.
Tease, my dad had Parkinson's in addition to cancer, Alz, heart disease, glaucoma, etc. From the Parkinson's diagnosis until he passed was about 8 yrs. Because he had so many diseases and conditions, it may not be an accurate comparison between him and your husband. I hope you have a support system and you take care of yourself also as Carol mentioned. You deserve to have a life too.
My Mom has had mild symptoms for the last 15 years and has coped well. My MIL had it the same amount of time. She did not die from the Parkinson's but from other age related issues. Each patient is different.
My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's about 31/2 years ago. However, he had a traumatic brain injury in 1988 and some of the same problems have been present since then. That incident took him a year of recovery to come home. Now the Parkinson's is robbing him of the years he has left. He is physically okay for the most part. I have sworn to not put him in a home and I will do the best I can to keep that promise. We don't have a lot but we still have each other. I hope he lives as long as possible without suffering with issues from Parkinson's. The main thing is to monitor his needs daily and make sure you give good information to the doctor so he isn't just throwing meds at him because he thinks it is 'time.' They do that. I keep a spreadsheet daily log with anything I notice that may be different or things that happen that may affect him. It is a great tool to take to the doctors with you. Good luck to you.
My husbands Neurologist said, "You don't die from Parkinson's, you die with it. My husband has had in for over 10 years and is 74. At first it was a tremor in his left hand and now he is shuffling his feet even with his walker and his voice is getting softer (he's always had a loud voice). But, he also is Diabetic, Stage 3 kidney disease, and has a bovine Aortic Valve Replaced. I am his full time caregiver and I myself have several health issues myself. We live on a fixed income but, through the Grace of God, we are making it. It's very important to communicate with each other and remain happy for both of your health's and souls.
My husband is 65. He was diagnosed when he was 35.

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