Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD)

Frontotemporal degeneration is a group of related conditions resulting from the progressive degeneration of the temporal and frontal lobes of the brain. These areas of the brain play a significant role in decision-making, behavioral control, emotion and language.

  • Primary Progressive Aphasia is caused by degeneration in the areas of the brain that control speech and language. This type of aphasia begins gradually, with speech or language symptoms that will vary depending on the brain areas affected by the disease.
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy is a degenerative disease of the brain leading to difficulties with walking and balance, problems with eye movements, changes in behavior, difficulty with speech and swallowing, and dementia.
  • Corticobasal Degeneration is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nerve cells that control walking, balance, mobility, vision, speech and swallowing.
  • Behavioral Variant FTD involves changes in personality, behavior, judgment. Behavior and poor judgment go unnoticed by the individual. Inappropriate and impulsive behaviors are common along with apathy and loss od.f initiative. Memory generally not affected.