Summary

Currently, there are no cures for the common dementias caused by progressive neurodegeneration, including Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal disorders, and Lewy body dementia. FTD, in its many forms, presents itself differently for each affected individual. This course is just a starting point for information and describes just a few of the endless possibilities of the disease variables. Understand that a person with FTD has a form of dementia and is not in control of their behaviors and cannot change. We must respond with appropriate interventions, empathy, and guidance for the patient and their family. By understanding dementia disorders, as well as their diagnosis and treatment, you can help affected individuals and their caregivers (professional and family) meet daily challenges and live their lives more fully.


References

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. (2017). Behavioral Variant FTD (bvFTD). Retrieved January 2017 from http://www.theaftd.org/understandingftd/disorders/bv-ftd

Mayo Clinic. (2016). Frontotemporal Dementia. Retrieved January 2017 from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/frontotemporal-dementia/home/ovc-20260614

National Institute on Aging. (2017). Frontotemporal Disorders: Information for Patients, Families, and Caregivers. Retrieved February 2017 from https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/frontotemporal-disorders/basics-frontotemporal-disorders


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