How long exactly has dementia been an issue with the elderly? I ask because I wonder if this is just a recent phenomenon because we are living longer or has this always been an issue throughout the ages? I know the average age for people to live has increased over the years because of medicine and other advancements made. Could this be a genetic defect or is it the result living longer. The fact that people died at an earlier age in the past could result in there not being as much information about dementia as there could be. This problem is only going to worsen as are population lives longer and longer. I find it very depressing and worrisome that this is the case. It seems like a vicious disease that not only kills the person with it, but also shortens the life of the person taking care of them. It’s about a no win situation as one could think of. I mean if you really love the person you’re taking care of, then quilt and other stresses are going to play out in the situation or else you ship them off to some nursing home and let someone else that doesn’t give a rats a** about your loved one and then who knows what kind of care they’ll get. So no one wins and everyone loses. I’m not really sure the Dr Jack Kevorkian wasn’t right in his approach to end of life. Is this really what God has planned for us? It is an impossible debate to win because there are no winners and only losers. Of all the things on this planet that can kill you this disease is one that has to go in the top ten for complete annihilation of a species of living things. There really are no answers only support from others that are in the same boat as you. If you can go your entire life without catching or getting any disease of manage not to be murdered of killed in some sort of accident and you just die in your sleep, your have to be the luckiest person on the planet.