According to the Centers for Disease Control and their projections, 5.3 million Americans currently suffer with Alzheimer's Disease (the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.) ; with a rising population (i.e. Baby Boomers), diagnoses by 2050 are expected to double.
My first experience with dementia was with my grandfather, who lived from 1915-2003. He suffered from dementia--and later Alzheimer's Disease--at least 20 years before his death. In his final days, he was in a nursing home at a retirement tower. Experiencing the latter days of his illness, it was difficult for me as a child to relate to him because I didn't know how to talk to him.
My other grandfather currently suffers from dementia. As an adult, obviously I have a better understanding of the disease than from a child's perspective.
As a son, how will I relate to my parents if or when they suffer from dementia? As a human, how will I experience dementia if I am diagnosed? And as a product designer, how can you make a system of products that includes everyone, regardless of age or mental capacity?