About frontotemporal dementia – The Very Rev. Tracey Lind was once a prominent Episcopal priest in Cleveland. Now Lind travels the country and preaches a very personal sermon that she calls: “Dementia from the inside out.”
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The nerve cell damage caused by frontotemporal dementia leads to loss of function in these brain regions, which variably cause deterioration in behavior, personality and/or difficulty with producing or comprehending language.
Frontotemporal dementia used to be called Pick’s disease after Arnold Pick, M.D., a physician who in 1892 first described a patient with distinct symptoms affecting language. Some doctors still use the term “Pick’s disease.” Other terms you may see used to describe frontotemporal dementia include frontotemporal disorders, frontotemporal degenerations and frontal lobe disorders.
Frontotemporal dementia and PPA are far less common than Alzheimer’s disease in those over age 65 years. However, in the 45 to 65 age range, behavior variant frontotemporal dementia and PPA are nearly as common as younger-onset Alzheimer’s. Only rough estimates are available, but there may be 50,000 to 60,000 people with behavior variant frontotemporal dementia and PPA in the United States, the majority of whom are between 45 and 65 years of age.