Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a combination of conditions resulting from the progressive degeneration of the temporal and frontal lobes of the brain. These two areas of the brain play a critical role in decision-making, emotional behaviour and speech. FTD is also known as Pick’s disease or frontal lobe dementia.
An 80-year-old man with Alzheimer's, who shot to fame when his son posted videos of him singing in the car, has landed a prestigious record deal. Ted McDermott has been signed up by Decca Records after his "carpool karaoke" videos went viral, with over 40 million views. His son Simon discovered that singing in the car, while he drove his father around Blackburn, helped the pensioner cope with his Alzheimer's disease. He posted the videos online to increase awareness for the Alzheimer's Society, and raised £114,000 in the process.
Dementia UK offers specialist one-to-one support and expert advice for people living with dementia through our world-class Admiral Nurses. We work hand in hand with families, helping them cope with fear, uncertainty and the difficult everyday reality of dementia. Living with dementia can be an incredibly hard and lonely experience for both the person with dementia and their family. Admiral Nurses are an invaluable source of contact and support at particular points of difficulty in the dementia journey, including diagnosis, when the condition progresses, or when tough decisions need to be made, such as a family member entering residential care. Their aim is to build resilience; empowering family carers, and encouraging problem solving approaches.
Sticking with a familiar routine and environment can help your friend or relative engage with the things they love for longer. Familiarity can be an integral part of helping someone with Dementia thrive in day-to-day life
Proper nourishment is integral to leading a healthy lifestyle. However, for people with dementia, maintaining a balanced diet can prove challenging. In many cases, this can lead to a level of malnutrition that exacerbates symptoms of the condition further
One in six of us will develop dementia at some point during our lifetimes. For a condition that affects so many, it is surprising that we’re only just beginning to take steps towards understanding and trying to minimise its negative impact on quality of life