Get Your FREE subscription today
Current Issues Past Issues Who We Are Resources Get Involved Glossary
 
From the Editor
Editor's Note
 
Memory News
Fatty food weighs down muscles and memory
 
Pumping Neurons: Exercise to maintain a healthy brain
The evidence is growing that moderate regular exercise boosts memory and other brain functions and may help prevent age-related declines.
Go to Article >>
 
How Parkinsonís disease affects the mind

It’s not just a movement disorder. Besides causing tremors and other motion-related symptoms, Parkinson’s disease affects memory, learning, and behavior.

Go to Article >>

 
Creative healing: art therapy for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
As medical science races to cure dementia, storytelling and other creative activities promise a better quality of life for the millions already diagnosed.
Go to Article >>
 
Memory Tip
Medicate Your Memory
Glossary
Frontotemporal Dementia
 

About 10% of all cases of dementia are classed as frontotemporal dementia. This illness tends to strike when people are in their fifties. It frequently runs in families, and like Alzheimer's disease, there is a gene which is linked to these cases. But, also like Alzheimer's, the underlying causes of the disease are unknown and there is no cure.

Whereas Alzheimer's disease typically strikes first at the memory centers in hippocampus and nearby structures, frontotemporal dementia destroys brains in the frontal lobes of the brain, which are responsible for "higher thinking," including judgment, planning and abstract reasoning. It may also damage areas in the front of the temporal lobes, disrupting social behavior and language skills.

Like Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia eventually spreads throughout the brain, causing increasing cognitive breakdown until patients require round-the-clock care.

 

by Catherine E. Myers. Copyright © 2006 Memory Loss and the Brain