A good friend of mine from college, we'll call her "L" is living a nightmare. Her 56-year-old mother was recently diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD).
The devastating aspect of FTD is how little information is apparent to people about the disease, and it seems to impact both the medical community and the general public. Yet there is still strength in numbers.
"Dementia" is a loaded word, one that carries with it the baggage of hundreds of years of gross associations and misunderstanding of the reality of the person living with the illness.