Fronto-temporal dementia: A case study and strategies and support for caregivers

Malissa A. Mulkey, D. Erik Everhart, Sonya R. Hardin, Malissa A. Mulkey

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Fronto-temporal dementia, also known as fronto-temporal lobular degeneration, is the second most common form of early-onset dementia with a prevalence equal to Alzheimer's dementia. Behavioural variant fronto-temporal dementia primarily involves the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. Myelination of nerve fibres in these areas allow for highly synchronized action potential timing. Diagnosis is often significantly delayed because symptoms are insidious and appear as personality and behavioural changes such as lack of inhibition, apathy, depression, and being socially inappropriate rather than exhibiting marked memory reductions. In this article, a case study illustrates care strategies and family education. Management of severe behavioural symptoms requires careful evaluation and monitoring. Support is especially important and beneficial in the early to middle stages of dementia when nursing home placement may not be required based on the individual's condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)544-549
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Behavioural management
  • Caregiver support
  • Diagnostic challenges
  • Early onset
  • Fronto-temporal dementia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care


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