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      How Many Of You Have Heard Of Frontotemporal Dementia?

      By Harriet Rubin, Speech                              Frontotemporal dementia or FTD, is one of the most   jar of mayonnaise.” Socially inappropriate behavior and loss of
      Pathologist, CCC/SLP                               common types of dementia in adults under the age of 65   empathy and compassion towards others has also been noted.
                                                         and thought to account for 10-20% of all patients diagnosed   When the abnormality develops in the temporal lobe, which
         Many of you know me                             with dementia. The main difference between frontotemporal   is the side involving speech and language, severe problems
      as Florabelle the Clown, but                       dementia and other types of dementia is that in the initial   with understanding language and producing language emerge,
      my lifelong title is Speech                        stages memory is not affected. FTD refers to a collection   thereby affecting all forms of communication, and leading to
      Pathologist. I have been                           of disorders that primarily affect the frontal and temporal   more severe frustration from the patient and anyone involved
      working in Hospitals, Nursing                      lobes of the brain. These diseases are neurodegenerative,   in the patient care.
      Homes and Rehabilitation                           meaning they get worse over time. As of now, there are no      So where does the Speech Pathologist fit into this
      Centers for over 50 years,                         known medications for improving the condition.    problem? It has been documented that Speech therapy
      and I truly have had a                                What are the symptoms of FTD? Dr. Paul Barton Rosenberg,   services can contribute to better care for all types of dementia
      wonderful profession.                              a professor of psychiatry and behavior sciences at the John   including FTD according to Kortte & Rogalski 2013. The
         My reason for writing this article is due to the recent   Hopkins School of medicine states, “Generally, there are two   Speech Pathologist can determine areas of speech and/
      attention drawn to actor Bruce Willis and the terrible disease   sub diagnoses, one is a behavioral variant, where people can   or language deviation as well as swallowing difficulties,
      affecting him. This is not a diagnosis many people are   have a change in their personality and lose their inhibitions and   can assess fluency, comprehension, repetition, naming and
      familiar with since it is very different from other forms of   social graces; and another is primary progressive aphasia, where   reading through speech and language tasks (Liu et al 2019)
      Dementia including Alzheimers Disease. I sincerely hope no   people have trouble finding words or expressing themselves.”   and develops a treatment plan to minimize the consequences
      one reading this will ever have to be either a care giver or   For example, a polite person may become rude, and a kind   of the speech and language difficulties. The goal is to
      a victim of this condition, but I feel it is important to share   person may become combative. There may also be a lack of self-  maintain communication for as long as possible, and improve
      some information that is now being publicized nationally.  control, that causes bizarre behavior, “such as eating an entire   the quality of life of the unfortunate patient.
                                                                                                              I sincerely hope that reading this article will bring
                                     Board Of Directors                                                    clarification to those of you who have had the unfortunate
                                                                                                           experience of having a loved one, or a friend developing
                                                                                                           any kind of dementia.; however, FTD needs to be identified
                May 2021 – May 2023 Officers/Executive Committee                                           when it occurs and because it does not involve memory loss,
                                                                                                           there are probably many adults out there, under 65, showing
                                                                                                           symptoms of something strange and not being diagnosed.
         Chairman and President  Barry J. Haberman       District 5 Howard Weinstein (El Dorado)
         Vice Chair         Steve Retzer                    Esplanada, Caravelle, Palomar, La Corniche,       Thanks for your interest! 
         Secretary          Steve  King                     and El Dorado
         Treasurer          Harvey  Kaplan               District 6 Connie Murray (Villa Flora)
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            La Mirada and Meridiana                                                                          the limit $100. Please obey
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