I was invited to a meeting at Heeley City Farm with people who care for those with Frontotemporal Dementia, or FTD. This is a rarer form of dementia which tends to be more common among those who develop dementia early (before the age of 65). It affects speech, behaviour and thought processes and can progress rapidly from the first symptoms.
Caring for those with this condition can be difficult work and the lack of profile for the illness means those in that position need all the support they can get.
We spoke about some of their issues, including understanding FTD and its impact, the support services available, the skills and knowledge of carers, and how those can be better voiced. If you or someone you know is affected by FTD, the Alzheimer’s Society has an overview here.