What is Frontotemporal Dementia? Is your memory care team in Colonial Gardens, South Carolina experienced in handling FTD?
Dementia is a broad term that describes a group of illnesses that all cause cognitive decline such forgetfulness, problems with communication, difficulty following directions, etc.
Frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, was originally called Pick’s disease and falls into two categories: 1) changes in behavior; or, 2) problems with language.
FTD with changes in behavior is characterized by behavior that can be either impulsive or bored and listless and includes inappropriate social behavior (lack of empathy; distractibility; loss of insight into self behaviors; an increased interest in sex; changes in food preferences; agitation or blunted emotions; neglect of personal hygiene; repetitive or compulsive behavior; and decreased energy and motivation).
FTD with language disturbance is characterized by difficulty making or understanding speech, often in conjunction with the behavioral type’s symptoms. Memory usually remains intact. While this disease is not reversible, a healthier lifestyle with a balanced diet, increased exercise, regimented medication management can help to manage the symptoms.
The caring team at Colonial Gardens in West Columbia, South Carolina is trained in techniques to assist your loved one in navigating the challenges of Frontotemporal Dementia.