Why do we hear about so many Alzheimer's and Dementia cases now?

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When I was younger there were no elders in my family, extended family, or friend's families who had this awful disease. My elder relatives were very much a vital part of our lives and integrated into everything we did. I know it wasn't called Alzheimers back then, but I knew very few people who had diminished mental capacity as they aged. Fast forward to the present and it seems that so many more seniors are afflicted with this illness.
Is the cause environmental, from having less healthy diets and lifestyles than past generations, social deprivation, or from living longer lives. It seems so odd to me that we would have this tremendous leap in cases in such a short period of time.
I also wonder if it is coming from a shift in our thinking about aging. In the past most people did physical labor until the day they died. We did not warehouse older citizens or make them feel like their usefulness was up. My grandfather worked on his farm until his 80s. My grandmother was dancing 2 weeks before she passed.
If it is a societal issue, that troubles me. The last few decades have ushered in a youth-fixated philosophy, so much so, that the media and advertisers try to suggest that people in their 40s+ are "old." We separate generations and grandparents are just for "visiting" on Sundays. Could lack of inter-generational contact be contributing to the cognitive issues we are seeing now? I don't know.
I know very little about this illness, and am hoping others will share their theories. I hope we find a cure...it is such a dignity-robbing disease.

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I think dementia is caused by pesticides ,preservatives and insecticides. Do you agree
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The article that awaking cites include this observation:

""In part, some of the results are explained by more effective treatments for cancer and heart disease, with advances in medicine making such physical illnesses easier to treat, whilst there have been less advances in the treatment of neurological conditions""

My husband always thought it unfair that he managed his heart disease so well only to develop dementia. And I agree, if there weren't good treatments available for heart disease he would have died (as his brothers and a sister did) long before dementia was obvious.

That is not the only factor, of course, but it is one to consider.
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It's not just an older population. It's increasing among 40 year olds too...

sciencedaily/releases/2015/08/150806091328.htm

We can't make the mistake of thinking one or two people we know, speak for millions. Everyone knows someone who smoked into old age, but it's a terrible fallacy to conclude that smoking doesn't cause cancer for millions of others.

We're living very differently than 100, even 50 years ago. Agriculture, Livestock, electromagnetic fields have been drastically shifted, modified, and we're all consuming and living in the midst of it.

We have to remain open-minded to the reality that the drastic changes industry is making to the environment we live within, are inescapable.
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My neighbors all they consume is basically junk, but as they say you can take em to the water fountain but etc. People don't want to hear it, if it's a company name they have known all their lives they trust it to be wholesome & healthy. I order my meats from the Midwest, shipping is free, no taxes, and I love it. Tuna I order from a co in CA best on the market American Tuna ships free also, this is the real stuff not the tail ends you buy at the store. Same with dog food, anything that cannot be sold to the consumer is swept off the floor mixed with grains & sold by the tons.
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two pups,
Yes, I agree!! But sometimes it is hard for people to make the choice of quality over quantity. You most definitely should do you homework before eating what most stores are selling. I'm all for the free range farming and support it when ever I can, seeing I live right in the heart of it. I also go out of my way to buy grass fed dairy products at the grocery along with unproccessed coconut oil. (I also use MCT oil).
Just wish I could get my MIL who has dementia/Alzheimers to consume it. She was raised on junk, prepared junked herself (plus she smoked) and won't touch anything healthy short of a banana.
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A big factor is the STATINS which sucks the good fat out of the brain, fats are needed to keep the body working, it's expensive but buying your meats & chicken from farms that don't feed the animals the crap that Monsanto makes. Also buying meats at the grocery store, just check the web on what they use to keep all those meats red & fresh looking. Quality beef is good for your health, and worth the cost
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There is no doubt in my mind that diet is a huge factor here. We are told that so many things are good for us so that companies can make money. This is also true in the pharmaceutical field! They don't want there to be "cures" because cures do not make continuing profit. Coconut oil has been found to have many healing qualities, especially to the brain (it is the ONLY other thing that the brain can turn into energy besides glucose) and it use to be used in our food way back when until they "thought" it was bad for you and replaced it with other horrific fats. We also used to get CLA (another good fat) in our food from grass eating cows and chickens. Not any more....everything eats corn and soy, then so do we. We use to spend actual time in the sun so that our bodies produced the crucial hormone/vitamin D. Then we were told that the sun is bad, we should only go out at certain hours and if we we're out, to slather ourselves in SPF or cover up. Now a large number of our population is vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D is crutial to our well being.

So back to the coconut oil. Pharmaceutical did not miss that boat either. Though it has not been well publicized they put out a "medical food" for which you need a prescription, called Axona. Guess what is in it???? You guessed it, a component of coconut oil called Caprylic Triglyceride. Now that they have changed it and added a few things (including soy for emulsification - YUCK), they can now charge you a nice price for a watered down version of something that nature can give you at a higher concentration and a lower price.

The final word on trying to eat healthy for your body and your brain is that it is exspensive. If you are trying to feed a family on a budget, it is easier to spend less and get more on "junk". It is just so sad. I am sure that the food is NOT the only factor but I do feel it is a REAL one.
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Several of the dementia sufferers I have cared for, prior to living - and dying - with the disease in their 80s and 90s, were very intelligent educated people with glowing careers in fields such as teaching. One was an eminent lady who moved in high circles in her healthier days. To see what this cruel disease reduces them to, is no less than tragic. I am just an onlooker - a carer. To their loved ones/families, this is a hundred times more painful.
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We hear more now because many years ago no one talked about this dreadful disease of the brain, remember Alzheimers was 1st discovered in the early 1900s we have wasted way too many years just letting that fact pass us by, when our parents or grandparents showed the horrible craziness and aggression that could not be controlled they were committed to an insane asylum. I also think the diagnosis numbers are way off, even if one knew what AD was, when they passed, that was not written down as the cause. Now people are still hiding it, like it's an embarrassing subject to talk about, when my husband began his AD journey about 8-9 years ago, I knew of no one personally or otherwise that brought up the subject, since then I have become involved and outspoken about AD people are not afraid to talk about it and disclose that yes, someone in their family has it, that's what we need, the gen pop needs to know. Just think if Dr Alzheimers work had been continued when he diagnosed AD in 1906 AD most likely would have been eradicated years ago. Having this disease is one h*ll of a way to make a graceful exit! It eats away minute by minute. I just smile when I keep seeing all the articles etc about how you can beat AD, the exercise, the wine, on & on, those we know with it were scholars, Drs great minds & it did not help them. God Bless us ALL
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I too believe that the modern diet has a lot to answer for. Although the elderly now suffering from dementia are the ones who were brought up on a healthier diet, they have nevertheless spent the last few decades eating the poor quality rubbish that is available nowadays masquerading as "food". Maybe as the brain ages, it fails to process this diet. In which case, we may even start to find that dementia hits earlier and earlier in time to come. The other factor I believe has a lot to answer for is pollution. Again, maybe older brain cells cannot tolerate vehicle pollution and cleaning chemicals and they are damaged by these. Younger persons maybe can tolerate modern diets and pollution better in the early years because their body is still young, but as time goes on they may find that they are developing these problems earlier than the current older generation has done. Likewise with animals, they are susceptible to our modern idea of dog and cat food (highly processed garbage, mostly) and to modern chemicals and pollution. Years ago, many dogs and cats lived to 16 years of age without any brain degeneration, yet now there is evidence that many pets are suffering from dementia well before this age. In the case of pets, the only things that have changed are the food they eat and the pollution in our modern world. I work in a care home full of residents with dementia and it is a tragic end to an otherwise full and worthwhile life. Before I worked with dementia, I used to believe that it was only the family and friends who suffered and that the person with dementia was "blissfully unaware" of their condition...but I now know that this is rarely the case and that those existing with dementia are far from unaware - they are simply unable to process what they are aware of.
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