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Frontotemporal dementia

Posted Oct 21 2012 12:00am
This is exactly what my late father had. He flirted with staff, couldn't deal with mom's passing.
Dementia, in the article link below, tells us that dementia is brain atrophy. For the most part, dementia basically blocks the brain from doing its job. In my Dad's case, he lost the higher functioning of his brain: the ability to process higher level thinking skills. For those with vascular dementia, plaque blocks the oxygen from getting the the front part of the brain. The brain no longer can figure out the function of things like the TV clicker, or phone. The lower level parts of the brain still keeps the autonomic function going, like breathing, digestions and the like.

A Rare Form of Dementia Tests a Vow of ‘for Better, for Worse’
By DENISE GRADY (NYT)
Like many others, Ruth French finds herself grappling with her spouse’s frontotemporal dementia, a group of brain diseases that eat away at personality and language.

  Frontotemporal dementia  — a little-known, poorly understood and frequently misdiagnosed group of brain diseases that eat away at personality and language. Although it was first recognized more than 100 years ago, there is still no cure or treatment, and patients survive an average of only eight years after the diagnosis.
(AKA Pick's Desease)


What is vascular dementia?
However, people with vascular dementia may particularly experience
  • problems with speed of thinking, 
  • concentration and communication 
  • depression and anxiety accompanying the dementia symptoms of stroke, such as physical weakness or paralysis memory problems (although this may not be the first symptom)
  • seizures periods of severe (acute) confusion. 
Other symptoms associated with vascular dementia may include
  • visual mistakes and misperceptions (for example, seeing a rug as a pond) 
  • changes in behaviour (such as restlessness) 
  • difficulties with walking and unsteadiness 
  • hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren't there) and delusions (believing things that are not true) 
  • problems with continence 
  • psychological symptoms such as becoming more obsessive.
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