Yesterday the topic of discussion was about Frontotemporal disorders, or what is better referred to as FTDs. There is much more information I have acquired from the NINDS website about this type of Dementia that I would like to share with all elderly caregivers today.
The first thing is that people diagnosed with FTD may rapidly decline over two-to-three years while other people may experience only the slightest changes over many years. People have been known to live anywhere from two to 10 years after being diagnosed. There have even been some cases where the individual has lived longer so it is difficult to predict the time course for the person that has been diagnosed.
Progressive neuromuscular weakness can be associated with FTD. The association is otherwise referred to as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Most people know this as ALS or, better yet, as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
As sad as this would be for your client to have this degenerating disease, you should also realize that the signs and symptoms of ALS can vary greatly among the individuals that have this diagnosis. Each individual could potentially have different parts of their brains affected by this heart-wrenching disease.
Sadder yet, currently there is no cure or reversal for FTD available. Research continues.
As you care for your clients with FTD, just remember that With Age Comes Respect and that each and every person on the face of this Earth deserves to be treated with dignity!