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Plateaus of one to one-and-a-half years may occur, but progression usually resumes thereafter. The speed of decline varies widely but on average patients in the moderate phase of the disease may lose 3–4 points per year on the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) or 7–9 points on the Alzheimer’s disease Assessment Scale (ADAS-Cog). Eventually, with the patient in a bedfast state, an intercurrent infection such as aspiration pneumonia or some other disease mercifully terminates life. The average duration of the disease between diagnosis and death is 8–2 years.
Executive functions are typically impaired early in the course of AD. Executive functions (often called frontal abilities) refer specifically to the ability to initiate, plan, sequence, and monitor behaviour required to organize a response and solve a com- 29 plex problem. Patients may show difficulties with planning, organizing, and abstracting. Previously mastered complex tasks may take much longer to complete that they used to and the patient may be unable to understand conversations with abstract content.
As with PCA, social behaviour and insight 37 are typically preserved. The neurological examination is usually normal. Sometimes there may be evidence of mild limb apraxia. Neuropsychological assessment is particularly helpful in the differential diagnosis of progressive language disorders. It is important not only to characterize the nature of the language disorder but also to evaluate the extent to which language problems are circumscribed or occur in the context of other cognitive deficits. Language presentations of AD are characterized by a combination of word-finding difficulties and working memory impairment.