Research spotlight: Frontotemporal dementia
In the second of our blog series looking at less common types of dementia, we take a look at what research is ongoing into frontotemporal dementia (previously also known as Pick’s disease).
Frontotemporal dementia gets its name because it affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. These parts of the brain are responsible for aspects such as behaviour, planning, understanding words and recognising faces. This means that people affected by frontotemporal dementia often have symptoms related to these aspects, for example changes in behaviour.
Different types of frontotemporal dementia include behavioural variant FTD and primary progressive aphasia. There are currently no treatments that can stop or slow down any form of frontotemporal dementia.
Frontotemporal dementia is relatively rare, but is a significant cause of dementia in younger people. Many people will develop the condition in their 40s and 50s, sometimes even in their 30s. Alzheimer’s Society