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The impact of a dementia treatment

By Bruce Miller

Dementia is a collection of symptoms caused by a number of different disorders, including neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. The term dementia describes a progressive decline in memory or other cognitive functions that interferes with the ability to perform your usual daily activities (driving, shopping, balancing a checkbook, working, communicating, etc.). One of the major risk factors for developing dementia is age, meaning the older you are, the more likely you are to develop it. Age-related risk applies to many other conditions like heart disease and vascular problems, which means a single person may have two or more concurrent health problems leading to cognitive, behavioral, or motor symptoms. This co-morbidity can make both diagnosis and treatment more complicated.

Challenges of FTD vs Alzheimer’s

Being a caregiver of a person of dementia, regardless whether its Alzheimer’s disease, FTD or another type, can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Frontotemporal dementia can often be even harder on families because:

·         The personality changes and behaviors are very distressing.

·         The diagnosis is often delayed because FTD is often mistaken for other conditions.

·         Patients affected with FTD are usually younger than those affected by Alzheimer’s and there may be young children in the home to consider.

·         There is not as much public awareness about the disease and therefore, not as much support and resources available.

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