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Frontal Lobe Dementia

November 28, 2018

Many people have not heard of frontotemporal disorders, which lead to dementias that affect personality, behavior, language, and movement. These disorders are little known outside the circles of researchers, clinicians, patients, and caregivers who study and live with them. Although frontotemporal disorders remain puzzling in many ways, researchers are finding new clues that will help them solve this medical mystery and better understand other common dementias. Often misdiagnosed as a psychiatric problem or as Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia tends to occur at a younger age, generally between 40-45 years.

The most common signs and symptoms of frontotemporal dementia include:

• Poor judgment
• Loss of empathy
• Socially inappropriate behavior
• Lack of inhibition
• Repetitive compulsive and rigid behavior
• Inability to concentrate or plan
• Frequent, abrupt mood changes
• Speech difficulties
• Apathy

Our Care Management team can assist you in getting a diagnosis and training family members and other caregivers to manage symptoms.

Often misdiagnosed as a psychiatric problem or as Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia tends to occur at a younger age, generally between 40-45 years.

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