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AFTD Conference to Target Most Prevalent Form of Young-Onset Dementia

AFTD will hold its 2015 Education Conference at the DoubleTree Hotel in Mission Valley, California on Friday, April 24. Attendees–to include individuals diagnosed, family members and health professionals– will engage experts in FTD research and clinical care, nonpharmacological interventions and hospice. The full press release is accessible here.

Sexual Issues and Dementia

This article from The Age out of Australia discusses the effects of dementia on sexual behavior.

Former officer’s FTD diagnosis blindsides family

A former undercover officer and SWAT team member, Tom Niman declined dramatically as a result of frontotemporal dementia. “The progression was so rapid his daughter said her father had seizures where he would jerk or stutter and his short-term memory started a swift decline.” Read more here.

Single mother spreads awareness after her husband dies of rare disease

As Rare Disease Day 2015 nears, The Boston Globe interviewed Katie Brandt, who is AFTD’s New England volunteer coordinator and Massachusetts General Hospital’s FTD support group co-leader. Katie is working to raise awareness about FTD, which claimed the life of her husband, Mike Brandt, diagnosed at the age of 29. The article, available here, also talks about FTD symptoms, progression and associated challenges facing diagnosed persons and their caregivers. Learn more about Katie’s awareness-building campaign, Love Is Out There.

Research Study seeking volunteers diagnosed ALS with FTD

A long term research study sponsored by Northwestern University, Chicago on the Genetics of Familial and Sporadic ALS, (NCT00821132) is seeking volunteers who have been diagnosed as having ALS with frontotemporal degeneration. Please see the following link for details and study coordinator contact information: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00821132?term=nct00821132&rank=1