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Dementia’s varying impacts on memory and emotion By UCSFMemoryandAging
The two most common forms of dementia in people under the age of 70 are Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. The Alzheimer’s disease patient doesn’t remember what he had for breakfast. The frontotemporal dementia patient behaves abnormally — she’s inappropriately familiar with people, is indifferent to questions and speaks rudely. The explanation for the differences can be seen under the microscope.
Caregivers of FTD patients By UCSFMemoryandAging
Frontotemporal dementia affects regions of the brain that cause aberrant changes in behavior and emotion. Loved ones face great challenges, first dealing with the puzzling symptoms and efforts to get an accurate diagnosis, and later facing the fact that the personality of the person they have loved is no longer present. The disease presents leaves families isolated and challenges by health care issues.
FTD offers insight into emotions By UCSFMemoryandAging
Frontotemporal dementia usually emerges in the right side of the brain, where it causes dramatic changes in behavior and emotions, including disinhibition and apathy. When FTD emerges on the left side of the brain, it causes a slow disintegration of language and speech. In some of these patients, visual creativity emerges, even while their minds are deteriorating. Eventually the disease spreads across the brain.