Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD), also known as Frontotemporal Dementia, Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration and Pick’s Disease, is a progressive neurological disorder that damages the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain and causes dementia. FTD affects an estimated 60,000 Americans. Unfortunately, this is likely an underestimation due to the difficulty in accurate diagnosis. FTD often strikes adults at the prime of life, and the younger onset makes it complicated because they are likely nearing the height of their career or parenting a young family.
There is no treatment to slow or stop the progression. There is no cure. But, there is hope. To learn more about FTD, advances in research, and how you can make a difference, go to:
The Frontotemporal Disorders Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital
Watch the AFTD film “It Is What It Is” on YouTube to learn more about the family experience of living with FTD.