Frontotemporal Dementia

Frontotemporal Dementia

Frontotemporal dementia is also known as frontotemporal lobar degeneration. This umbrella term refers to a group of uncommon brain disorders primarily affecting the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. These areas of the brain are associated with language, personality, and behavior.

How is Frontotemporal Dementia Diagnosed?

A doctor will make the diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia. It can be difficult to differentiate frontotemporal dementia from psychiatric problems or Alzheimer’s disease without a thorough examination including a brain scan that shows shrinking of the frontal and temporal lobes due to atrophy. The onset of frontotemporal dementia can occur earlier than typical Alzheimer’s disease, often between the ages of 45 and 55.

Symptoms of the disease vary, but can include the following:

  • Significant personality changes
  • New and inappropriate behavior
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Emotional indifference
  • Loss of ability to use language

Is There Treatment for Frontotemporal Dementia?

There are currently no treatments to cure, prevent, or slow the progression of frontotemporal dementia. However, many of the symptoms can be treated. Clear, honest communication between the doctor and caregivers is required to manage expectations and ensure proper monitoring of symptoms and treatment. The medication regimen for this condition can be complicated, and caregiver education is essential.

In addition to medication, supplemental treatment with art and music therapy can provide beneficial ways for people who have frontotemporal dementia to express themselves. Massage therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists are also valuable members of the care team. They can both improve quality of life and help people with this brain disorder maintain independence as long as possible.

Residential Care at Parc Provence

Parc Provence provides residential care for people who have cognitive concerns including frontotemporal dementia. Our safe, supportive environment provides peace of mind for both residents and their loved ones. With the highest quality services that include physical, occupational, art and music therapy on site plus medical care and a full continuum of assisted living and skilled nursing, Parc Provence has it all. Residents enjoy plentiful options every day with over 80 fun activities and social events from which to choose. With Person-Centered Care and choices that reflect our residents’ interests, our community members retain dignity because we respect their individuality and wellbeing.

If you would like to learn more about our established, proven community of high standards, contact Parc Provence today. We’d love to schedule your personal tour.