My stepfather is 85 and has advanced stage dementia. It is so sad. There is no cure and no meds to give him. All we can do is make him comfortable and watch him die.
It occured to me that one day many of us will likely be seeing geriatric psychiatrists like he has. Don't get me wrong - I think getting old is cool, but I don't think I'll have much to say about myself when I'm that age.
It's not that I don't think I'll need a doctor, but between the science of medicine and my own recovery I don't think we'll be seeing too much of each other.
Besides, isn't it true that schizophrenia is an illness that you can sort of grow out of over the years ? I wish it were true for my step-dad's dementia, but that is not the case.