Caring For a Person With a Frontotemporal Disorder

Caring for someone with a frontotemporal disorder (FTD) can be hard, both physically and emotionally. Caregivers may face challenges with managing the medical and day-to-day care. However, there are ways to help manage symptoms, including changes in behavior, speech, and movement.

A few strategies include:

  • Managing behavior changes. Try to recognize it’s the illness “talking” and accept rather than challenge people with behavioral symptoms.
  • Treating language problems. To help with language issues, speak slowly and clearly, use simple sentences, wait for responses, and ask for clarification if you don’t understand something.
  • Managing movement problems. Several types of FTD cause problems with movement, including difficulty balancing, walking, and swallowing. Medications and physical and occupational therapy may provide modest relief.

Learn more about caring for a person with a frontotemporal disorder.

Last Updated on July 11, 2023

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