Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is an umbrella term under which there are a variety of different types. This is not another name for Alzheimer’s disease. These types of dementia affect the frontal and/or temporal lobes of the brain. Some of the different clinical forms of FTD are:
True FTD typically begins when someone is in their fifties or sixties, although some cases have been as young as 21 or as old as 85 years. It is important to remember that unlike patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), patients with FTD may not have as significant memory problems.
The type of FTD is determined based on:
The following key points are recommended for working on a care plan for a FTD/FD patient:
Find practical tips about the above care plan elements in this handout:
Mendez, M. F., & Cummings, J. L. (2003). Dementia: a clinical approach. Butterworth-Heinemann.
Weiner, M. F., & Lipton, A. M. (Eds.). (2008). The dementias: diagnosis, treatment, and research. American Psychiatric Pub.