Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)

Frontotemporal dementia describes a group of conditions associated with shrinking of the frontal and temporal anterior lobes of the brain. Symptoms include either variable changes in behavior (e.g., impulsive, bored, listless, lack of social contact, lack of empathy, distractibility, blunted emotions, compulsive behavior, decreased energy and motivation) or problems with language (e.g., difficulty making or understanding speech). Spatial skills and memory remain intact. There is a strong genetic component to the disease; it often runs in families. While there are currently no treatments to slow or stop the progression of the disease, some of the symptoms can be managed. Involving a team of specialists can help ensure that the challenges of the disease are properly addressed. (source)