Frontotemporal dementia is a little-known, rarely diagnosed or understood member of a group of brain diseases that eat away at personality and language. It was recognized more than 100 years ago. However there is still no cure or treatment available and patients survive an average of only eight years after diagnosis. It is important to have a Michigan Alzheimer’s planning elder care attorney prepare a legal plan to give a family options for care.
The New York Times has an article on how this form of dementia has ravaged a family.
Researches have been making important discoveries about the genetic defects that cause some forms of the cognitive disease.
The disease is different from Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia. According to the New York Times article, this form of dementia may be more devastating than Alzheimer’s because it strikes younger people, progresses faster and, unlike Alzheimer’s does not attack memory at first but begins with silence, apathy or bizarre personality changes.
If you have a loved one suffering from memory issues, it is important that you speak to a elder care lawyer familiar with memory care issues and how it necessitates certain legal planning needs.