Accepting that a loved one has any type of dementia can be difficult.
When someone we care about develops frontotemporal dementia, the shock can be particularly hard to absorb,
because one of the defining characteristics of frontotemporal dementia
is personality change. Spouses of many years will often feel that their
husband or wife has totally changed, and they are at a loss to explain
the "stranger" their spouse has become.
Frontotemporal dementia is thought to be caused by a breakdown of nerve cells in the fronto-temporal lobe of the brain. The early personality changes can help doctors differentiate between frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer's, since memory loss is often the earliest symptom of Alzheimer's disease, while personality change is generally evident from the start of frontotemporal dementia.