Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)

A progressive degeneration of the temporal and frontal lobes of the brain. These areas of the brain play a significant role in decision-making, behavioral control, emotion and language and FTD takes away the ability to do these things as well as carrying out daily activities.

The nerve cells in the frontal and  the temporal lobes of the brain die and the pathways that connect them change  resulting in a loss of chemical messengers. In addition, the temporal and frontal lobes shrink over time like shown in the diagram above.

STOP Frontotemporal Dementia from erasing your personality, ability to problem solve, or remember your precious memories!

FTD commonly affects males 40 to 65, but it can begin sooner!

15 of every 100,000 people develop FTD.

Check for the following symptoms:

Symptoms include great changes in personality and behavior as well as less comprehensive speaking. These signs are most commonly mistaken for depression.... WATCH OUT!

The progression of FTD is a rapid and steady pace.

If you notice sudden changes in yourself or a loved one, go see a doctor today. Better to be safe than sorry. A doctor appointment will last an hour. FTD will last a life time.

Patients typically only live  2 to 10 years after being diagnosed.

There is not yet a cure, but there are medications and lifestyle changes that can help to relieve symptoms.

Treatments include:

1. Antidepressants such as Trazodone that reduces the behavioral problems.

2. Anti-psychotics such as Olanzapine which is also used to combat behavioral problems.

3. Speech therapy to learn alternate strategies for communication such as hand motions.

JOIN the cause and GET involved. All it takes is a click to AFTD website.

Are you suffering for FTD? Take this quiz to find out!

1. Have you noticed changes in your movement such as muscle weakness, poor coordination, or muscle spasms?

2. Are you having difficulties using and understanding written or spoken language?

3. Sudden changes in your ability to empathize with others or other interpersonal skills?

4. Changes in your eating habits or predominately overeating?

5. Are you struggling to follow a conversation?

If you answered YES to 3 or more of these questions , then see your doctor TODAY.

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