Diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is based on image exams and neuropsychological tests, as well as changes in behavior, language, personality, and motor skills.
Individuals with FTD experience numerous challenges, as do their loved ones. Relationship changes, declining health, financial decisions, and long-term care are just a few of the issues families and individuals face. In addition, as skills such as organization, planning, sequencing, and following directions decline, many tasks are relegated to caregivers. As such, the stress of providing care for a person with FTD can be extremely challenging.
One way to decrease difficulties is to help individuals with FTD participate in every task they used to perform. Engagement in even the tiniest aspects of familiar activities helps individuals maintain skill, and, most importantly, helps them maintain dignity and happiness.
To learn more about FTD and its subtypes, as well as strategies for providing compassionate care, read an article I co-wrote with Mary Gennerman, OTR/L, “Caring for Persons With Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD).”
I hope the tips and information we provide equip caregivers with the ability to enhance quality of life for individuals with FTD—as well as themselves.
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