Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), like the term 'dementia' is an umbrella term. FTD is a dementia that breaks down into other dementia subtypes that attack the 'Frontal Lobe' or 'Temporal Lobe' of the brain (sometimes both). FTD is where Heeley City Farm's Dementia Department specialties lie. As they have over a decade experience with this disease.
With FTD people can have one type of FTD or could have more than one type and in that reason have a varied array of symptoms.
Symptoms are a disorder of semantic knowledge (our understanding of concept and facts). Symptoms can include...
Can cause people to have difficulty producing speech
Unlike Semantic Dementia, understanding of words is not affected in the early stages
Symptoms are changes in peoples behaviour. Symptoms can include...
Unlike Alzheimer's, memory is usually not affected in the early stages but there may be problems with the executive function and understanding of other emotions
Can causechanges in the ability to speak, read, write and understand what others are saying
About 10% of people with FTD will develop Motor Neuron Disease (MND) causing weakness in arms, legs and in the muscle that control speech and swallowing. This occurs in association with bvFTD, occasionally with PNFA, and only very rarely with SD