Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)
Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is one of the less common types of dementia. It is a significant cause of dementia in younger people, typically occurring between 45 and 65 years of age.
FTD is an umbrella term for a group of disorders that mainly affect the brain’s frontal and/or temporal lobes. The frontal lobes are the areas of your brain behind the forehead. They deal with problem-solving, planning and the control of emotions. Part of the frontal lobe also controls speech.
FTD is characterised by personality change, deficits in executive function, and language impairment.
There is currently no cure for FTD, and people affected by the condition tend to deteriorate quickly due to major irreversible cell death in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.