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Frontotemporal Dementia


This is the name given to a group of dementias when there is degeneration in one or both of the frontal or temporal lobes of the brain.


It includes Frontotemporal Dementia, Progressive non-Fluent Aphasia, Semantic Dementia and Pick's disease.


About 50% of people with FTD have a family history of the disease.


The frontal and temporal lobes of the brain are responsible for language skills, emotional responses and our behaviour.


Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is an unfamiliar condition to many health service providers and members of the public. Most people are familiar with the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and therefore tend to associate dementia with old age and memory loss.


FTD is a very different condition from the dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease. It often presents confronting symptoms and unique management challenges at a much earlier time in life, generally between the ages of 45 and 65 years.


FTD is often thought to be a relatively rare form of dementia, though this perception may be due in part to the fact that it is not yet widely understood and may therefore be under-diagnosed. For this reason, many people with FTD and their families will experience a long and difficult journey before receiving a diagnosis and access to appropriate advice and support.


Ref: Eastern Cognitive Disorders Clinic