Frontotemporal Dementia


Frontotemporal dementia is caused by a group of disorders that gradually damage the brain’s frontal and temporal lobes. These damages cause changes in thinking and behaviours. Symptoms can include unusual behaviours, emotional problems, trouble communicating, challenges with work, and difficulty with walking.  Frontotemporal dementia (FTD), sometimes called frontotemporal disorders, is rare and tends to occur at a younger age than other dementias. About 60% of people with frontotemporal dementia are 45 to 64 years old.

FTD is progressive, meaning symptoms get worse over time. Some people live more than 10 years after diagnosis, while others live less than two years after they are diagnosed. High levels of care, such as 24-hour care, may be needed over time. Once the person is diagnosed, it is important to plan ahead for financial, legal, and care arrangements that may be needed as the disease progresses.